Collaborative law uses negotiation to resolve relationship and family disputes without ever going to court. It aims to reduce costs, delays, and stress to reach an equitable agreement after relationship breakdown.
In collaborative law, lawyers and clients focus on settling the dispute rather than preparing for Court.
Each lawyer and their client sign an agreement not to go to court and to work together to settle the matter as quickly as possible.
A lawyer helping a client through collaborative law cannot represent that client at Court if discussions breakdown. It’s in everyone’s interests to reach an agreement: once clients commit to a collaborative process Court action is rarely necessary.
A collaborative process is underpinned by:
- free and voluntary exchange of information
- focus on the needs of all parties concerned and in particular the needs of any children
- commitment to resolution
This is in stark contrast to traditional emphasis on “winning” in adversarial family law proceedings.
Marriott Oliver Director, Grant Hodgson, has specialist training to help you decide whether collaborative law is right for you. He can give you help to resolve your relationship dispute without a Court.
With a family law accredited specialist, Marriott Oliver is uniquely positioned to offer advice and support to work through your relationship law issues, collaboratively or through more traditional pathways.
If you want to resolve your relationship dispute without the cost and stress of Court, please get in touch. We will work with you to find the best resolution for you and your family.
For further information on collaborative law please visit the Collaborative Family Lawyers Illawarra Shoalhaven website.