Collaborative Practice is a voluntary dispute resolution process often used in the family law arena.
It is an innovative process for couples who separate, to help provide negotiated solutions for the separation of their financial and family lives. The principles of Collaborative Practice as applied to family law disputes are equally applicable in civil and commercial matters.
Advantages of the Collaborative Practice process include:-
- The parties keep control of the process
- The parties negotiate mutually acceptable resolutions without courts deciding the issues
- The parties are focussed on settlement rather than preparing for court
- In Family Law matters – the children’s needs are given priority
- Time, financial and emotional costs are reduced
Even in the best circumstances a dispute can strain communication, so keeping communication open is essential to successfully reaching agreement.
Sessions during the collaborative process are designed to produce honest open exchanges through good-faith negotiations. These sessions encourage expression of priorities and expectations.
The Collaborative process emphasizes finding suitable solutions. Instead of airing grievances and causing mistrust or anger, Collaborative Practice creates an environment which enables parties to reach a better settlement by building on areas of mutual agreement.