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Collaborative law may be the answer for some Alberta couples

Going to court is not pleasant under any circumstances. A divorcing Alberta couple who would like to stay away from the litigation process may wish to investigate how the collaborative law process may be able to help them to reach decisions on issues that have been problematic. Couples involved in the collaborative divorce process sign agreements that they will be transparent and forthright in the bargaining process to try to keep their cases from going to court.

Each individual has his or her own lawyer who will negotiate in good faith. Others may also be called upon to help such as accountants and family therapists. Negotiations take place with the aim of finding solutions that are mutually agreeable and that benefit everyone. Ground rules are laid out so a couple can stay within boundaries set for negotiating.

During these talks, a couple can discuss such issues as child custody and support and spousal support. Once an agreement is ironed out, lawyers for each party will draft an agreement that will be legally binding upon approval by the court. Any documents that need to go to the court will be sent with the consent of both individuals.

An Alberta lawyer experienced in collaborative law may be an invaluable asset to a divorcing client. Keeping a divorce situation out of the court is in the best interests of both individuals involved and a lawyer well-versed in the collaborative process may be able to help so that things don't get to that point. Having a lawyer's assistance in reaching a divorce settlement with a former spouse may culminate in an invaluable end result.

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