Cominos Family Lawyers is proud to have recently launched an innovative Eastern Suburbs Sydney Family Law practice, Eastern Suburbs Collaborative Law Practice Group.
Eastern Suburbs Sydney Family Law, Collaborative Law
The group consists of professionals who are all collaboratively trained to work as a team to assist individuals and their families going through a separation. The professionals range from family lawyers, to mediators, to psychologists and financial planners and accountants.
The Eastern Suburbs Sydney Family Law Collaborative approach is a fresh and innovative way of creating long term solutions for families in breakdown.
The way it works is simple.
Each person has their own lawyer who will protect their needs interests and concerns. The process is facilitated by a family dispute practitioner or communication coach, who works towards changing existing habits of communication which are not working, especially once separation occurs.
The parties usually will meet with their lawyers and facilitator about 3-5 times in total. These meeting are conducted face to face and this is where the discussion and exploration of the needs, interests and concerns of each individual and the family as a whole arises.
As required by the parties they are free to engage the service of other professionals such as valuers, accountants, financial planners and child psychologists to provide them with information and assist them their queries and concerns.
The approach is collaborative and not positional. In other words the separating couple are not placed in a war zone to do battle with each other, but are offered an approach that is inclusive, interactive, understanding and solution focused.
What are the benefits of Collaborative Practice?
- Cost effective compared to going to Court;
- Fast – there are no delays and meetings can be scheduled at your convenience;
- The decisions made are tailored to meet the needs, interests and concerns of the individual and the family as a whole;
- Long-lasting and long term changes in the way you communicate with your ex-partner or spouse;
- Happy, healthy well-adjusted children, who although experienced divorce or separation are not caught in the middle of warring parents;
- Agreements become legally binding.
Who is most suited for Collaborative Practice?
Generally speaking anyone who is going through a separation can participate in the collaborative practice approach. The most suitable people are those who have recently separated and have to make decisions about their children, their finances and their property.
If you fall into anyone of the categories below, then you may be suitable for Collaborative Practice:
- Recently separated or divorced
- Need to make long term decisions about the children
- Need to make long term decisions about money and finances
- Need to sort out property matters
- Concerned about the impact of divorce or separation on children
- Need to improve communication with an ex-spouse or partner
- Wants to keep out of the Court system