Collaborative Process

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Collaborative law is an out of court process designed to help parties reach a settlement.

Collaborative Process

Two Collaborative Lawyers, accredited as collaborative practitioners, represent each party and both parties sign a Participation Agreement at the outset. This is an agreement that reflects everyone’s commitment to negotiate and communicate respectfully without going to court, and to provide full disclosure of all important information. If one party decides to terminate process, the collaborative counsel of that party can no longer represent them. This ‘disqualification clause’ keeps everyone fully committed to the success of the process.

The parties may jointly retain other collaborative professionals, a Financial Professional and/or a Family Professional, who are also trained in the collaborative process. They act as neutral experts and their fees are split between the parties.

The Collaborative Process ensures an amicable, confidential negotiation process through a series of ‘collaborative’ meetings, which are scheduled at the convenience of the parties, rather than dictated by the parties.

Our Practising Lawyers
Alison Dennis

My practice encompasses all areas of family law including complex property and support issues, parenting disputes, separation agreements, marriage contracts, and cohabitation agreements.  I also have significant experience with jurisdictional and mobility issues.

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Alison Dennis

Sharyn Langon

I have 30 years’ experience helping clients move beyond separation towards a better life. It can be a daunting time. Apart from questions about the law, clients ask: Where do I start? Will my kids adjust? Where will I live? What will my finances look like? How can I negotiate with my spouse when we are not on great terms? When will I be divorced? How long will this all take? How much will it cost?

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Sharyn Langon

Alin Mayer

I focus my law practice exclusively in family law. I have particular expertise in litigation, serving high-net worth individuals with complex assets or compensation, as well as international clients. I strive towards efficient and long-lasting resolutions for my clients, while aiming to reduce the anxiety inherent in family law disputes.

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Alin Mayer

Katelynn Schoop

I practice exclusively family law and help clients with smart, practical, and effective solutions tailored to each family. I work efficiently and focused on a positive outcome, whether in negotiations or in litigation. I understand the importance of clear communication in a family law matter and make sure that my clients are involved in each step of the process. I have experience in all types of family law processes, including negotiations, court, and collaborative divorce and offer my clients a wide range of options to choose from.

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Katelynn Schoop

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