When relationships break down it can be devastating. When the fighting becomes bitter and acrimonious the damage is even worse. I am committed to assisting couples separate well. I work in Collaborative practice as a Family Lawyer in Melbourne. I can put together a team of people to assist you with your financial, legal and emotional challenges to get you through the process of divorce and separation in tact. My skills and experience, training and qualifications as a lawyer and communications specialist can assist with all the needs of the family going through a separation.
Work with a Team
Collaborative family law is a values based approach to divorce and separation. It uses an interest based negotiation model where clients work with a team of professionals to resolve their separation without going to court. You, the client, decides what matters the most and upon what values you choose to base the negotiation process. It is an interest based process so that both parties have a say about what is important to them at the end of the process.
The aim is to find the best possible outcome for the whole family while minimising costs, delay and stress. The way in which it evolves is largely influenced by your needs and so it is a process which is directly tailored to meet your family situation.
Put the Children First
Collaborative process provides a future focussed model which aims to put the children first and to find an agreement that fits your situation and your interests, not an artificial structure imposed from outside (the court or the lawyers) that does not take your specific circumstances and the needs of your family into account.
The key benefits of a collaborative divorce are that there is a focus on maintaining respect and dignity throughout the process. There is support available for clients who may be experiencing high levels of distress. There is a focus on coaching and training where relevant to assist parties to be able to continue to negotiate and communicate long after the divorce, so that the transition from one family to two is as harmonious as possible.
The process is run by a series of meetings with the team who have expertise in legal, financial and mental health matters. It is private, discrete, confidential and out of the public arena of the courts. Collaborative practice is responsive to the needs of your family.
Contact me to find out how my work as a Melbourne family lawyer can benefit you.