At some point in time many families have disagreements and conflicts and these differences can have far reaching effects, up to and including divorce or separation. However, litigation is not always the best means of resolving the situation. If you are looking for an alternative solution, you are not alone.
Collaborative law takes a supportive, problem-solving approach to conflict resolution in a way that encourages mutual respect among all parties involved and provides for open communication. The interests and concerns of all parties are identified and addressed to provide a compassionate ending and a healthy new beginning. The parties have the benefit of independent legal advice throughout the entire process and they enter into a contractual arrangement to resolve the legal issues outside the court process.
Marion Hill, LLB is a Chartered Mediator, Certified Arbitrator and Collaborative Lawyer serving all of Nova Scotia.
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The Collaborative Process
In a collaborative law setting, two qualified lawyers who have been certified in collaborative law use a team approach to reach an agreement outside of the court process using principled negotiations and cooperative settlement discussions. Using non-adversarial and mediation type skills to create an open dialogue, 4-way meetings are set up to discuss the points of contention. Both parties receive independent legal advice throughout the process, and in the event that the outstanding legal issues are resolved, all the legal documents are ratified between the two cooperating lawyers and their respective clients.
Why Collaborative Law?
- Non-adversarial out-of-court process to resolve legal problems such as separation, custody, access, property division, divorce etc.
- Legal representation throughout the process
- The use of lawyers trained in mediation skills and principled negotiations on behalf of their clients
- Cost effective, as the parties agree not to effect adversarial court proceedings against the other and to work cooperatively with their lawyers outside the court process
- Certified collaborative lawyer and member in good standing of the Association of Collaborative Family Law Lawyers of Nova Scotia
- Please follow this link to visit the Collaborative Family Law Lawyers of Nova Scotia website: www.collaborativefamilylawyers.ca
- The collaborative process is generally less time-consuming than litigation and results/solutions can be reached more quickly than in the court process
- The probability exists that the parties can achieve a win-win settlement through the use of this non-adversarial court process
- The parties themselves participate in the process with their lawyers as facilitators and advocates
- Protect long-term integrity of relationships and family
Collaborative law techniques allow contesting parties to reach an equitable agreement without the expense and bother of having to appear in court. Contact Marion Hill Law Office & Mediation Services today to learn if collaborative law services are right for your needs.
Please click this link for a PDF copy of my collaborative law agreement: Collaborative Law Agreement