Collaborative Family Law: Team Members

Collaborative Family Law: Team Members

Unlike litigation, where experts and outside professionals are hired by each individual party, and may engage in a "battle of the experts", your team consists of trained professionals chosen by you and your spouse together.  The collaborative family law process is holistic, meaning it recognizes and addresses the many different aspects of a separation.  At times, the best way to do that is to hire third parties.  All members of the team are bound by the Collaborative Participation Agreement, including confidentiality and the commitment to the process.

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Collaborative Family Law vs. Litigation

Collaborative Family Law vs. Litigation

Going through a divorce or separation does not have to mean a messy, expensive court battle.  In collaborative family law, couples work together to reach an agreement in a non-confrontational and cooperative process, based on "interest based negotiations".  Our infographic explores the many other differences between litigation and collaborative law.

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Collaborative Family Law: Your First Meeting

Collaborative Family Law: Your First Meeting

If you and your spouse agree to engaging in the collaborative family law process, the first step will be a four-way meeting with you, your spouse, and your lawyers. This can be a daunting prospect for many people. One of the best ways to prepare for your first collaborative family law meeting is being aware of what will happen.  In Ottawa, we generally follow a standard agenda. 

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Tips from a Life Coach: Divorce Isn't a Zero-Sum Game

Tips from a Life Coach: Divorce Isn't a Zero-Sum Game

A key theme in understanding the political world is the “Zero-Sum Game.” This is the notion that if I win, you lose.  This is a fine idea when applied to game theory; but applied to life, relationships, separation and divorce, this is a path that can lead to heartache and disaster. And yet, so often this is the approach we take to dismantling our relationships. This kind of thinking sets up a competitive relationship when what is needed is a collaborative one.

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Press Release: Summer Separation - How to Best Restructure a Broken Family

Press Release: Summer Separation - How to Best Restructure a Broken Family

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.  

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News Release: Spring Provides Opportunity for Fresh Start for Couples Undergoing Divorce or Separati

News Release: Spring Provides Opportunity for Fresh Start for Couples Undergoing Divorce or Separati

“It is important to consider all aspects of separation to reduce the emotional strain on families.  Self-discovery is essential for the development of self-esteem and confidence. In the next few weeks, children will be leaving school for the summer break, and this time provides an opportunity for parents to compassionately lead them through this difficult process. We provide advice from our family relations counselors to make this adjustment as peaceful and seamless as possible.”

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News Release: Tax Season Brings Added Stress to Divorce Process

News Release: Tax Season Brings Added Stress to Divorce Process

“Building a stable financial future in the wake of a separation is not a simple process but is extremely important,” added Jeffcott. “Inevitably, questions will arise on how a divorce will impact the assets that have been built up over the course of a relationship and it’s very useful to have a professional on hand to answer the difficult questions right at the outset.”

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News Release: New Year Sees Upsurge in Divorce Filings

News Release: New Year Sees Upsurge in Divorce Filings

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.”

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