Welcome to Collaborative Professionals NSW.
Collaborative practice is a successful and tested dispute resolution method designed to assist you to stay in control of your own decisions and out of court.
In collaborative practice you and your lawyers make a commitment to negotiate an agreement using a problem-solving approach and away from the courts.
While it is a process that is suitable for the resolution of disputes in many areas, including civil and commercial disputes, it is especially suitable for the resolution of both financial and parenting aspects arising from separation and divorce as it focuses on the needs of both parties and your children.
You, your partner and your lawyers will all sign a Participation Agreement setting out the ground rules for the collaborative process and stipulating that if either client commences court proceedings, both collaborative lawyers will be disqualified from representing either client. The majority of the negotiations will take place at “4 way” face-to-face meetings between you, your partner and the lawyers. Correspondence between lawyers is kept to a minimum. By being present throughout the negotiations, you and your partner retain control, the scope for misunderstandings is reduced and you will be assisted in communicating with each other in a non-confrontational way, which is particularly important if you are parenting children together.
In Collaborative Family Law we agree to work together to help you to make parenting and financial decisions arising from separation and divorce and you are invited to enlist other experts to provide information and advice.
Similarly in other types of disputes your Collaborative Lawyer will work with you, the other lawyer and their client to search out and to negotiate a resolution to the dispute that is acceptable to all parties, cost effective and lasting.
Your Collaborative Lawyer is specially trained to utilise their skills in client representation, negotiation and problem solving to help you shape a fair and lasting agreement.