Collaborative Practice FAQs

Are there any additional requirements or steps in a Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative Divorce is unique in that you, your spouse and both of your collaborative lawyers must sign a contract agreeing that you will not go to court. If at a later point in time one of the parties decides that they do want to go to court then the lawyers will remain bound by that agreement and will not be able to continue to act for their clients.

This requirement adds an extra layer of incentive for the lawyers involved to work towards settlement rather than escalating conflict because they know that they will not be able to continue working if things move to the courts. Rather than depending on judges and the courts, Collaborative practice requires amicable meetings and discussions to settle all the issues.

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About the author

Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Lindsay, and Peterborough.

For more information, visit our website, or you can call us at: 905-655-6335.