News Release: New Year Sees Upsurge in Divorce Filings

(Ottawa, Ontario) With the New Year upon us, Collaborative Practice Ottawa is providing information and resources to those struggling with the stress of divorce. January has proven to be the most significant month for divorce filings. In fact, there is a proven surge in online searches for divorce advice after every major holiday in North America.

“Many individuals find the stress of the holiday season can sometimes lead couples to consider separation,” said James Jeffcott, President of Collaborative Practice Ottawa. “During this sensitive time it is important that families focus on a separation method which leaves the least negative impact on all parties involved.”

Collaborative Practice Ottawa is a coalition of lawyers, financial professionals and family relations counselors who work together with couples to bring a respectful, balanced and equitable conclusion to their relationship without resorting to the court system.

“We often find that couples consider divorce after Christmas because they wanted to stay together for the sake of the family, particularly if children are involved, during the holidays,” added Jeffcott. “To put it simply, Collaborative Practice was designed with the goal of having couples resolve their differences outside of the court system without conflict, particularly given its impact on any children involved.”

Collaborative Practice Professionals believe in negotiations based on respect, where there are no winners or losers. They believe that all disputes can be resolved with each party feeling satisfied with both the outcome and how it was reached. Collaborative Practice is a customized, affordable alternative to litigation and mediation and provides essential tools separating couples need to have an amicable divorce. Collaborative Practice Professionals offer a non-confrontational, cooperative, and efficient process that meets the needs of families — especially those co-parenting children

“The value of experienced professionals in the Collaborative Practice field is that we’ve walked clients through all disputes related to a separation already,” concluded Jeffcott. “Through our experience, we can anticipate the issues families will face and offer the tools to ensure a divorce is completed in the most dignified way possible.”

Collaborative Practice Ottawa is a coalition of lawyers, financial professionals and family relations counselors who work together with couples to bring a peaceful and equitable conclusion to their relationship without resorting to the court system. They represent over ninety Collaborative Practice Professionals in Ottawa.

For more information, please contact:
Emily Reid, public relations
Telephone: 613.233.8906, Cell: 613-796-4708, E-mail: emily@impactcanada.com

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