Collaborative Family Law
David is a certified member of the Collaborative Family Law Association of Waterloo-Wellington and has completed all necessary training in this regard. David is a strong proponent of attempting alternate means of resolving issues between parties without the stress and financial burden that accompanies litigated court proceedings.
The collaborative family law approach has its roots in mediation and conciliation. Both people have lawyers who represent them but, as opposed to the outdated adversarial litigation model, which promotes acrimony and divisiveness, the people and their lawyers commit to be forthright and deal with matters without the threat and expense of court. As such everyone, including the lawyers, becomes invested in the process, which everyone sees through to its completion. The expectation from all involved is complete disclosure of all relevant information (including financial) such that there is no expense related to “chasing after” these documents by way of expensive motions.
In addition, the Collaborative Family Law Association of Waterloo-Wellington has affiliated itself with a number of other professionals who share the collaborative approach and specialized training. These professionals have their roots in finance, counselling and psychology and the like and, together with the lawyers and parties, work as a team with the common goal of working with people to generate a mutually beneficial and satisfactory conclusion to the relationship. Family lawyers in several Canadian communities have been forming associations to implement this innovative dispute resolution process. One of the fundamental aspects of collaborative family law is of each individual signing a contract, hence committing to a process. This commitment also entails not using anything gained from that process in court.
BENEFITS OF THE COLLABORATIVE APPROACH
- negotiate in a principled, dignified and respectful manner
- ensure full and complete disclosure of all important information
- explore as many options for settlement as possible
- resolve family law disputes without going to court or threatening to go to court
- reach creative resolutions that best meet the goals and priorities of the family involved
Another important part of the collaborative process is that when children are involved, clients and lawyers agree to be guided by what is in the children’s best interest. An agreement is made to act quickly to resolve issues in order to promote a caring, loving and involved relationship between the children and both parents. This key factor protects the dignity and long-term interests of all family members and helps you to move forward quickly with your life.