In collaborative practice, you and your ex-partner retain your own collaboratively trained lawyers. Your lawyers, enter into an agreement and agree not to represent you in court, in the event, settlement cannot be reached. A team of collaboratively trained professionals are put together to assist you in reaching an agreement. This can include a financial advisor or child specialist, for example.
The collaborative approach only works if you and your ex-partner have a genuine desire to reach a fair agreement for the whole of the family. You must be respectful, open and honest about your financial information and all matters requiring resolution.
Unlike solicitor-led negotiations, you, your ex-partner and your respective lawyers will sit down and discuss your concerns. This is known as a four-way meeting. The number of sessions can vary but typically are between 3-5. You get to set the agenda and the pace.
Collaborative practice provides a positive, respectful and supportive alternative to resolve your issues.
Our Principal Lawyer & Director is a collaboratively trained lawyer and a full member of the Queensland Association of Collaborative Practitioners (QACP) – the leading association for collaboratively-trained professionals in Queensland.