How does collaborative family law differ from traditional family law negotiation?

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 Lawyers.  How does collaborative family law differ from traditional family law negotiation?
Kim Doucett: One of the main differences is that with collaborative family law both parties and their lawyers commit to resolving their disputes outside of the court system.
Announcer: What else?
Kim Doucett: In a collaborative family law process the resolution may include legal as well as other creative options whereas in traditional negotiations, only legal options are considered.  Collaborative family law is much less adversarial as lawyers work with both parties to develop a settlement that best meets the interests of both parties and not just focusing on the rights of one party or the other.
Announcer: Interesting.  Anything else?
Kim Doucett: With collaborative family law the parties are much more in control of the process and negotiation, for that matter, and outcomes can be much more creative.  In a traditional family law negotiation, it is often the lawyers themselves or the court in control of the process.
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 →