Collaborative Practice FAQs

If collaborative divorce doesn’t work for me, can I go to court?

You always have the option of going to court. However, the collaborative divorce process is unique in that it requires both parties to sign a contract stating that your collaborative lawyers will not be able to represent you if you decide to go to court at a later date.

The reason that collaborative law works in this way is to provide an incentive for the lawyers involved in your matter to focus on resolving conflict and creating viable solutions for both parties. Collaborative divorce requires a level of amicability between the parties, and willingness to stick through the process of solving difficult family matters.

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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), Oshawa, Concord, Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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