Collaborative family law is a way for you to resolve your relationship breakdown issues more respectfully -- without going to Family Court. It is a better alternative to an acrimonious, traditional battle in Court, with high stakes and high legal expenses. It is, basically, a much better way, which many lawyers and other family law professionals now support and encourage.
This alternative offers you and your former spouse or partner the support, protection, and guidance of your own lawyers, but also the benefit of child and financial specialists, family professionals, and other experts, if they would be helpful in your circumstances, working together on your team.
For the collaborative alternative, you commit to:
Negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement without having the Family Court decide issues for you.
Maintain open communication and information sharing.
Create shared solutions acknowledging your priorities and objectives, including to live independently in future.
Manage your legal expenses in an informed, constructive way.
Achieve an outcome that is decided upon by you, with the support of your own lawyer, not by a third party, like a Judge.
You can find more information about collaborative family law here:
Ontario Collaborative Law Federation