Collaborative Family Law may or may not be the most appropriate process for you. It may be helpful for you to consider certain factors before you make your choice:
First, Collaborative Family Law will be of interest to you if you and your spouse want to keep control over the decisions made about you and your family, rather than giving authority for decision-making over to a lawyer or judge.
Second, you should only choose Collaborative Family Law if you and your spouse each accept that the other has legitimate needs and interests that must be addressed as well as your own.
Third, Collaborative Family Law is probably for you if maintaining civility, dignity, and mutual respect throughout the process is important for you.
Fourth, if you want to maintain a positive relationship with your spouse after the divorce, Collaborative Family Law is preferable to court.
Fifth, Collaborative Family Law offers a greater assurance that your children will be sheltered from the emotional damage often caused by a separation of their parents.
Sixth, if the goal of you and your spouse is to co-parent your children, there is a greater likelihood of obtaining that outcome and developing an effective parenting plan through Collaborative Family Law.
Seventh, before you commit to Collaborative Family Law, you and your spouse must be willing to exchange all important information.
Brahm Siegel is a partner in the law firm of Nathens, Siegel LLP, a Toronto law firm restricted to family law matters. Brahm has experience in all aspects of divorce and family law and devotes much of his time to assisting clients with custody and access dispute. He can be reached at (416) 222-6980. View his firm’s Divorce Magazine profile and website.