Summer is officially here and for couples with children, planning schedules and activities can be chaotic with the end of the school year. This period of time offers a unique opportunity for couples to have meaningful and constructive dialogue with their children about the divorce or separation they’re currently undergoing or planning to undertake.
“It very important that during this difficult time as a couple, the well-being of the children is also considered,” said James Jeffcott, President of Collaborative Practice Ottawa. “Children often have difficulty understanding the concept of divorce or separation and there is a necessity for strong emotional support. With Collaborative Practice, the health of children is a never overlooked. A licensed family relations counsellor is present during this particularly stressful time to guide you through a transition to a peaceful and respectful relationship after divorce or separation.”
Collaborative Practice Ottawa is a coalition of lawyers, financial professionals and family relations counsellors who work together with couples to bring a respectful, balanced and equitable conclusion to their relationship without resorting to the court system.
“We’ve seen in recent high profile divorces that the most amicable way to separate while still maintaining strong family bonds is through peaceful resolution,” added Jeffcott. “Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are just one example of a couple who recently announced their divorce to the public, and immediately went on vacation with their children. They made a decision to keep their family out of the court system and instead of viewing the situation as a failed marriage, they see it as a renewed commitment to their family.”
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.
“With Collaborative Practice, emotional needs are given the consideration they deserve,” concluded Jeffcott. “The most important aspect is ensuring a healthy environment for any children involved and to promote the continued mutual support and respect of the couple.”
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.