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WHAT IS COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE?

  • You and your spouse are the ones that make the decisions about your family rather than a court Judge
     

  • It is an informal yet structured negotiation process to discuss issues arising from your separation and explore and settle on resolutions outside of court
     

  • It is a cooperative, safe, and positive settlement environment
     

  • You are supported during the discussion of issues by your own experienced family law lawyer
     

  • Your lawyer assists you and works together collaboratively with
    your spouse's lawyer to facilitate the negotiation process to 
    minimize any animosity, anxiety, and expenses

Quinte Collaborative Divorce lawyers offer a free
15-minute telephone consult to determine suitability
for this process

HOW DO WE START
THE PROCESS?

  • Contact a collaborative lawyer of your choice anywhere in Ontario




     

  • Each spouse will have an initial meeting with their collaborative lawyer at which time you will sign a Retainer Agreement which authorizes your lawyer to be your legal representative
     

  • Your lawyer can invite your spouse to participate
     

  • The lawyers will contact each other to review priority issues and set up the first four-way meeting
     

  • The goal is for the spouses to sign a Separation Agreement

COLLABORATIVE VS. COURT

COLLABORATIVE
COURT
Who controls the process?
You and your spouse control the process and make the final decisions.
A Judge controls the process and make the final decisions
Cost
Collaborative is less expensive than going to court by being efficient in use of experts and resources. Each spouse should budget for $7,000 to $10,000.
Court costs are unpredictable and each spouse could spend a minimum of $20,000 even if the parties settle before a trial.  If you go to trial, this could easily add another $20,000 or more to your legal fees. 
Timetable
You and your spouse, together with your lawyers, decide when you want to set meetings. On average, an agreement is reached within four joint meetings.
The Judge sets the date; often delayed due to busy court calendars. It could take years to finalize your matter.
Involvement of lawyers
Your specially trained collaborative lawyers work together to facilitate the negotiation of a mutually agreeable Separation Agreement.
Spend a lot of time producing legal documents and attending court rather than focusing on solutions.
Privacy
All details of the process are kept private and confidential.
The dispute becomes a matter of public record.

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