What is a collaborative divorce?


What is a collaborative divorce?

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In a collaborative divorce – both parties work together to come to mutual agreements that are settled out of court. Simply put – a good divorce. Many Albertan families turn to collaborative divorce as an option for their divorce proceedings in an effort to keep it seamless and productive.

How does collaborative divorce work?

First, you must find an experienced Edmonton collaborative divorce lawyer and meet privately with them to discuss your case.

Your spouse and you will then sign an agreement where you agree to provide full disclosure on any information that pertains to the divorce proceedings. In collaborative divorces – you may even have the option to work with mental health professionals and financial planners if you may benefit from these services throughout your divorce proceedings. Meetings are then conducted between the couples as well as their selected collaborative family law lawyer to define the terms and expectations of each partner. At the end of the process – both parties have defined resolutions regarding financial issues, parental issues as well as the division of assets. Once a common census has been reached – your collaborative family lawyers will then draft paperwork for signature from both parties making the resolutions legally enforceable. If you are in need of a collaborative divorce lawyer – contact our law firm today for an initial consultation with one of experienced Edmonton family lawyers.

Who can use collaborative divorce?

Collaborative divorces can be used in various circumstances. For example, they can be used in:

  • Short and long-term marriages
  • Common law relationships or same-sex relationships
  • Marriages that involve or do not involve children
  • Marriages with unique cultural or religious views
  • When negotiating cohabitation agreements or pre-nuptial agreements

In certain situations – collaborative divorce may not work. For example, if your partner has a history of abusive or dominating behaviour, drug or alcohol problems or someone who is not as into the spirit of working peacefully together as you are – collaborative divorce is not recommended. We recommend you consult with an experienced divorce lawyer about your unique situation prior to coming to a decision on your own as to whether a collaborative divorce is right for you or not.

How we can help with your collaborative divorce

Collaborative divorces can be highly effective because it a process that is customized to divorcing couples rather than a court-driven process that individuals must conform to. It is a process that can empower couples to come to an agreement that resolves your unique circumstances and needs expeditiously.

At Verhaeghe Law Office – our Edmonton family lawyers have helped numerous clients with their divorce proceedings and family law matters and a member of our legal team would be pleased to speak with you. Contact us for a consultation today by calling 587-410-2500 and speak directly with an Edmonton divorce lawyer regarding your family law matter. All consultations are kept confidential.

For more information, please contact Renn Spence, a Registered Collaborative Family Law Lawyer by clicking here or by calling Renn directly at 587-409-5064, email Renn@freedomlaw.ca

Renn Spence

*Please note the content in this blog does not constitute legal advice as every case is unique from one another. We encourage you to seek legal advice for answers to your divorce and family law questions.