Collaborative Law – why would I use it to resolve my family law matter?
Collaborative Law (also called collaborative practice or collaborative divorce) offers a respectful process to reach a family law settlement.
If you have children, this is more likely to result in a better co-parenting relationship.
What to expect from Collaborative Law
Using Collaborative Law means a commitment to staying out of Court
- You and your lawyers sign an agreement not to go to court.
- You and your former partner make the decisions, not a family court judge.
We will be working hard, to help you reach a family law agreement, knowing we will never be entering a courtroom with you!
Collaborative Practice requires open communication and information sharing
Communication can be difficult after the end of a relationship.
Many relationships end because communication was breaking down.
That makes it harder to reach agreement on your own, even with the best intentions.
How will using Collaborative Law help us reach agreement?
- Your meetings within the collaborative law process provide an opportunity for an honest
exchange of information.
- You will discuss your needs and expectations.
- Problem solving is direct and focused on solutions.
A family law agreement through a Collaborative Divorce gives you something everyone can live with
Collaborative law focuses on:
- achieving resolution
- protecting your children from conflict
- helping you towards your future
We co-operate to find solutions, even if things are hard.
If it gets hard, we will try harder.
We won’t give up and go to Court!
Collaborative Law offers support when you need it the most
Divorce comes with many questions:
- Where will I live?
- Will I be able to stay in the house?
- Am I going to lose my business?
- When will I see the children?
- How do we tell them about the divorce?
- What will we do at Christmas?
Separation is a time of grief for many. Handling that alone can be tough.
If you are uncertain about your future, that makes it worse.
We will offer you support.
We will bring in other professionals (accountants, valuers, child specialists) if needed.
Collaborative Law has a focus on the future
Whether your children are young or now adults, you probably want to avoid them becoming involved in or harmed by your separation.
- What do you want their significant life events to look like?
- Will you be there?
- Will they have both parents there?
Your divorce or separation will always be a significant life event for you.
Using Collaborative Law to reach a family law agreement helps avoid your divorce becoming a significant negative life event for your children.
It is your choice what process you use to reach agreement and finalise your family law settlement.
Conflict is not inevitable.
Jennifer Hetherington – Collaborative Lawyer
Our Director and Principal Lawyer, Jennifer Hetherington is a committed Collaborative lawyer with over 20 years experience as a family lawyer, which has convinced her that the Family Court should be your last resort!
She has completed many cases using Collaborative Practice and hundreds of hours of Collaborative Law and Mediation training in Australia and internationally. Jennifer is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator and Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.
Jennifer is Secretary of the Queensland Association of Collaborative Practitioners and a Board Member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.