COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW (“CFL”) is a dignified, cooperative approach to negotiating and settling the issues arising from a family separation outside of court.
Separated spouses, with the assistance of specially trained family law lawyers, negotiate their issues, as they define them, in a controlled, safe, and respectful setting. These structured negotiations happen in meetings between the spouses and their lawyers. These “Four-way Meetings” allow the spouses to explore together their issues, as they define them, in their voice.
The lawyers act both as communication / negotiation coaches for their clients, and simultaneously fulfil their usual role of advising their clients about their legal rights, entitlements and obligations. The parties focus on effectively communicating to gather facts and discover each other’s interests.
Emotional tactics, threats, or abusive communications are all identified, discussed and eliminated. The lawyers, having agreed to not take part in any litigation that may occur if an agreement isn’t reached, efficiently focus their time and effort solely on settlement, rather than posturing or preparing documents or themselves for court. Everyone, including the lawyers, are focused on creating together a stable, fair, legal Agreement. (http://www.collaborative-law.ca/)