In Collaborative Practice, you and your spouse negotiate the settlement of your separation
issues in a way that promotes respect, places your children first and focuses on meeting
the unique needs of your family. All of this is done without court.

What is Collaborative Practice?

Collaborative Practice in Separation and Divorce

In Collaborative Practice, you and your spouse/partner negotiate the settlement of your separation issues in a way that promotes respect, places your children first and focuses on meeting the unique needs of your restructured family. All of this is done without court.

Collaborative Practice is a cost-effective, solution oriented approach to resolving conflict. In this process, you will be supported by professionals with the right expertise to guide and inform you along the way, resulting in legally binding agreements that resolve all the issues facing your family after separation.

With the information and guidance you need, you are empowered to make sound, long-lasting decisions that will impact you and your family for years to come.

The collaborative process preserves your privacy and your dignity, while giving you the best possible chance of resolving disputes respectfully.

The Collaborative Team Approach

Each collaborative case has 2 lawyers, one for each spouse/partner. Your collaborative lawyer is a negotiation guide who will advise you on your legal rights and obligations, help you articulate what is important to you and your family, and provide support to achieve a settlement which meets your needs and makes the most sense to you and your family. This process can work even when spouses are "far apart" on solutions.

Collaborative Practice can include other professionals

A Collaborative Family Professional can help you address the emotional aspects of your separation and supports both spouses/partners to participate in the collaborative negotiation in an emotionally healthy way.

The Collaborative Child Specialist brings your children's needs and their voices to the collaborative negotiation. As a neutral professional with a focus on your children's needs, the Child Specialist can help you achieve a parenting agreement that gives your children the best chance to thrive.

The Collaborative Financial Professional will help you gather and understand financial information and work with your collaborative lawyers to expand your financial options for resolution.





Advantages of Collaborative Practice

  • Your lawyer guides and advises you through the entire negotiation
  • Family and Financial professionals support the best and healthiest decision-making
  • Your time, energy and financial resources are focused on settlement
  • Face-to-face meetings make negotiations direct and efficient
  • Your family's needs are the focus
  • You control the decision-making
  • Open and respectful communication is encouraged
  • New tools for effective problem-solving can be learned
  • There is full disclosure of facts and information
  • Your family's privacy is respected.




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Mediation Services

As a mediator, Jacinta is a neutral professional who helps you and the other people involved in your dispute. The goal is to find creative, reliable and workable solutions.

In a mediation process, the mediator meets separately with each person involved in the dispute. At this meeting, you will be able to privately share your perspective on the problem and identify your goals for resolution. The mediator will help you prepare to participate effectively at the joint mediation session.

Joint mediation sessions include all the people involved in the dispute. At the first session, each person signs an Agreement to Mediate, which protects the privacy of information exchanged and the confidentiality of the process.
Further mediation sessions are scheduled as needed.

Individual meetings to identify problems & goals, Prepare for joint mediation session, sign agreements to mediate and have further mediation sessions as needed



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Mediation can help you

  • Reach an agreement in your separation or divorce
  • Solve estate disputes after the death of a loved one
  • Resolve conflict in your business, workplace or organization
  • Find solutions to community and government disputes.

As a mediator, Jacinta's job is to

  • Manage the agenda to meet your needs
  • Assist you in expressing yourself and hearing other perspectives
  • Manage stressful interactions and high emotion
  • Ensure you have all the information you need to make decisions
  • Work with you to create a variety of options for solving the problem
  • Help you choose the best options based on what is important to you
  • Clarify and record the specific details of your agreement
  • Create opportunities to obtain legal advice throughout the process.

Mediation leads people to a better understanding of the problem. When differences are managed effectively, people can find creative, sensible solutions that meet their interests. After all, the people who decide are the people who live with the solution.


It is a challenging process, but it seems like every time I think there can be no good solution, you help us and we find more options than we thought possible.