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Is Collaborative Practice Right For Me?

Collaborative practice is not for everyone. It may be the right process for your situation if you can answer "Yes" to most of the following questions:

  • Are you willing to cooperate with your partner to resolve financial and parenting issues arising from your separation?
  • Are you prepared to consider compromise solutions to resolve financial and parenting issues?
  • Do you want to improve communication with your partner, especially over matters involving your children?
  • Do you want to avoid the expense and animosity of court?
  • Are you looking for a process that respects your values?
  • Are there positive aspects of your relationship with your partner that you want to preserve?
  • Do you want to have control over the process of reaching an agreement?
  • Do you want the outcome to be decided by you and your partner, rather than a judge?

When Collaborative Practice Will Not Be The Right Option:

  • The main objective of either partner is to seek revenge or to have a day in court
  • You (or your partner) has a fixed outcome in mind which is not open for discussion or change
  • Either partner thinks that the process will allow them to outmanoeuvre the other
  • Either partner hopes to get away with giving less than a full and frank financial disclosure
  • There is a history of domestic violence or other abuse
  • In most cases, if court proceedings have started

The Collaborative Law Process

Collaborative Divorce - A Safe Place

Collaborative Divorce - A Safe Place

ABC Interview: Nicer Ways To Break Up with Sue Abrahams and Bernie Bolger

Note: Discussion on collaborative practice starts at 16.52