Collaborative family law is a process that addresses the emotional, financial and legal issues that arise as when couples separate.
The collaborative family law process is focused on considering the interests of all parties, keeping negotiations constructive and resolution-focused, and ensuring that everyone has the information they require to make decisions regarding their issues.
The process is team-based and requires respectful communication and full transparency. Both parties must have their own a collaboratively-trained lawyer for guidance, support and advice. A neutral family professional, such as a parenting coordinator, and/or financial professional may also be involved as part of the team when necessary.
The whole team focuses on your goals and concerns while helping you achieve the best possible outcome for you and any children you may have.
The collaborative family law process can be a successful way to achieve cost-effective resolutions outside of court. Particularly for couples with young children, the non-adversarial approach of collaborative family law can assist in avoiding future conflict as you navigate raising children in two separate households.
Christopher J. Unruh completed his Level I and II training in collaborative family law in 2011 and has been offering collaborative family law services for over a decade.
He has been a member of the Speed River Collaborative practice group since 2015, and is a previous member of the Collaborative Practice of Waterloo Region (Best4all) and the Collaborative Family Law Group Of Grey/Bruce .
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