How Collaborative Practice Works

Step 1: Choose a lawyer.

Click here to browse our list of trained collaborative lawyers in South Australia. Choose a lawyer who you think best suits your needs and make a time to meet with them.

Step 2: Invite the other party.

Discuss the process with the other party and invite them to choose a lawyer from the list of collaboratively trained practitioners. Alternatively, your lawyer can make contact with the other party to explain the collaborative process and invite them to meet with one of the collaboratively trained lawyers.

Step 3: Engage your team of neutrals.

Once you and the other party have seen a lawyer, it’s time to get the ball rolling. Not every matter will require a full team of neutrals, but many will.

Your lawyer will guide you as to whether or not your matter will require a Financial Neutral and/or a Family and Relationship Specialist. To browse the list of collaboratively trained neutrals in South Australia, click here.

Step 4: Attend meetings.

Once your team is ready to go, a full team meeting will be arranged. This meeting will focus on deciphering the key goals and interests of the parties and how an agreement can be reached to best meet those goals.

All members of the team are resolution focused and strive to help the parties resolve their dispute by working together, rather than working against each other. The meetings are a time for parties to discuss what is truly important to them, leaving aside the inflexibility, emotional stress and cost of litigation.

Step 5: Reach an outcome.

The team will generate options for resolution that will best meet both party’s needs. Once the agreement is reached, documents will be drawn and filed in the relevant Court.

Once the agreement is filed with the Court it is a legally binding document and the dispute is resolved in an amicable, non-invasive and respectful way.

Step 1: Choose a lawyer.

Click here to browse our list of trained collaborative lawyers in South Australia. Choose a lawyer who you think best suits your needs and make a time to meet with them.

Step 2: Invite the other party.

Discuss the process with the other party and invite them to choose a lawyer from the list of collaboratively trained practitioners. Alternatively, your lawyer can make contact with the other party to explain the collaborative process and invite them to meet with one of the collaboratively trained lawyers.

Step 3: Engage your team of neutrals.

Once you and the other party have seen a lawyer, its time to get the ball rolling. Not every matter will require a full team of neutrals, but many will.

Your lawyer will guide you as to whether or not your matter will require a Financial Neutral and/or a Family and Relationship Specialist. To browse the list of collaboratively trained neutrals in South Australia, click here.

Step 4: Attend meetings.

Once your team is ready to go, a full team meeting will be arranged. This meeting will focus on deciphering the key goals and interests of the parties and how an agreement can be reached to best meet those goals.

All members of the team are resolution focused and strive to help the parties resolve their dispute by working together, rather than working against each other. The meetings are a time for parties to discuss what is truly important to them, leaving aside the inflexibility, emotional stress and cost of litigation.

Step 5: Reach an outcome.

The team will generate options for resolution that will best meet both party’s needs. Once the agreement is reached, documents will be drawn and filed in the relevant Court.

Once the agreement is filed with the Court it is a legally binding document and the dispute is resolved in an amicable, non-invasive and respectful way.

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