How does collaborative family law differ from mediation?

January 2021

Legal Moment on FRESH RADIO


[phone ringing]
Receptionist: Cohen Highley
Announcer: And now the Cohen Highley Legal Moment on Fresh Radio.
Announcer: I’m with Kim Doucett from Cohen Highley Kim Doucetts.  How does collaborative family law differ from mediation?
Kim Doucett: There are a number of differences.  In mediation a neural person, the mediator, assists parties to workout their own settlement.  The mediator does not work for either party or provide legal advice.  Clients can attend mediation without their lawyers in which case parties can consult with lawyers during or between mediation sessions.
Announcer: And in collaborative family law?
Kim Doucett: Each of the parties will have a lawyer representing them throughout the process.  The primary focus of collaborative family law is a commitment to settle differences with the help of their collaborative counsel.  Each lawyer will ensure his or her client is provided with legal advice.
Announcer: Anything else?
Kim Doucett: Both parties’ lawyers work with each other and their clients to obtain a balanced outcome that was arrived by the parties.
Announcer: And I know I asked this before but it bears repeating: what is the success rate of collaborative law cases?
Kim Doucett: Approximately 87% of reported cases were successfully resolved.
Announcer: Thanks Kim. This has been the Cohen Highley Legal Moment.
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Kimberly practises exclusively in the area of family law and has gained extensive experience negotiating and litigating in the interests of her clients. She has appeared on behalf of her clients in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal. She also holds her certification to practise Collaborative Family Law. More →