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.
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.
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.
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.
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.