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COLLABORATIVE LAW. YOUR SAY. YOUR RESOLUTION
Collaborative Law gives you a greater say in how your matter is resolved, and makes room for everyone to reach more rewarding outcomes.
Collaborative law takes place in a non-adversarial environment where - with support from lawyers and other professionals - you are able to negotiate the terms of the resolution of your matter.
While the process requires honest dialogue and disclosure, cooperation and sometimes compromise, the rewards include greater certainty, the avoidance of protracted court proceedings and the preservation of positive future family relationships.
OUR COLLABORATIVE LAWYERS. COMMITTED TO YOUR CAUSE
Susan Pearson, Cynthia Bluett, Melanie Rubin, Josie Blight, Karen Hardy, Heidi Menkes and Candice Lau are all trained collaborative lawyers, who are committed to the resolution of family law matters using Collaborative Practice. Our lawyers retain memberships to various collaborative groups within Sydney, namely the Central Sydney Collaborative Forum and The Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals, both of which represent professionals across Australia who believe that Collaborative Practice provides a better path for dispute resolution.
Why choose the Collaborative Law Process?
Traditional court proceedings can be protracted, costly and exacerbate already strained relationships. Collaborative Law offers an alternative, more effective and respectful approach.
Family law matters invariably involve unique circumstances. Yet traditional court decisions can only be based on tabled evidence, which often fails to account for the personal and nuanced nature of your case.
As well as providing an environment in which very individual circumstances can be better recognised and account for, the use of collaborative law offers:
- greater control of the legal process, and its outcomes;
- less uncertainty arising from court-imposed timetables and decisions;
- an environment where unnecessary acrimony and further family breakdown is avoided.
Learn how the Collaborative Law process works
Honesty, cooperation and the good faith of all participants - you, your partner, and lawyers - underpin the success of collaborative law.
The collaborative process begins with you and your partner both retaining specialist family lawyers. During an initial meeting, your lawyer will determine whether the collaborative approach is a suitable course-of-action for your matter. When collaborative law is chosen, the process typically includes:
The Signing of a Participation Agreement
Before negotiations begin, all parties will sign a Participation Agreement that establishes ground rules and objectives. It requires all participants - including lawyers - to formally agree not to proceed to court.
Negotiation and Face to Face Meetings
Negotiations will primarily occur during face-to-face meetings involving you, your partner, and, where appropriate, other professionals such as accountants and child counsellors. Your presence during these meetings allows you to raise the issues important to you, minimises misunderstandings and gives you greater control over potential outcomes.
Preparation of a Settlement Agreement
When mutually agreeable terms are reached, your lawyers will prepare settlement documents which may then be submitted to court.
Contact Pearson Emerson Meyer Family Lawyers to find out how Collaborative Law can work for you.
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