One of the fundamental goals of the collaborative law process is to remove the adversarial component inherent in many divorce cases and replace it with elements of mutual respect and team problem solving. As part of the collaborative process the separating couple and their lawyers sign a ‘participation agreement’, committing to each other that they will work together at resolving their issues without court involvement. While each of the people work with their individual lawyers, a team approach is taken, which often includes the assistance of mental health professionals, a child specialist and/or a financial consultant. The collaborative divorce model was created to help develop an atmosphere of open communication, cooperation between separating people and mutual participation in shaping an agreement that best meets their needs, as well as the needs of their children. If the collaborative process sounds enticing to you, please contact our Certified Collaborative Professional, Jonathan Lazar, Fiona Beveridge or Craig Neville, of our Family Law Group.
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Your relationship status can affect your eligibility for tax benefits and credits. Collaborative family law lawyer and mediator, Karen Redmond covers the topic in her guest post “Why CRA needs to know your ‘relationship status’,” recently published on JP Boyd BC Family Law Resource blog. If you are dealing with a recent separation or divorce, […]
Family lawyer, Jonathan Lazar: why he’s happy to forget the courtroom in favour of a collaborative divorce route to resolution
It took me just over 10 years to make a paradigm shift in my family law practice. I am now at the point where I defer away from the courtroom and focus my practice on either a formal ‘Collaborative Law’ model or I assist clients to resolve their family law issues through a settlement or […]
The breakdown of a marriage or common law relationship is hard. If you are thinking about ending your marriage you will be worried about your kids, your income, your assets and your future. Aside from needing legal advice, which the Watson Goepel Family Law group can provide, you should also consider finding a sympathetic ear. […]
Jonathan Lazar discusses collaborative family law with Justice Harvey Brownstone Our family law group believes strongly in helping to educate people who are dealing with family law issues and particularly those people facing the stress and turmoil associated with a divorce. This year our family law group kicked off our educational agenda in January with […]
A recent CTV-Mobile headline caught my eye: “US woman fighting child support for adopted Russian boy she sent back.” I wondered what this story was about. It turns out, according to the article, that Torry Hansen, who now lives in California, filed an appeal after a judge in Tennessee ordered her to pay $150,000. Our […]