What is collaborative law?

December 2020

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. Remind me what collaborative family law is again.
Kim Doucett: Collaborative family law is basically a voluntary dispute resolution process where each partner, with the help of their lawyer, reaches a settlement that best meets their goals and priorities.
Announcer: What are the advantages of collaborative law?
Kim Doucett: To start, both parties sign agreements committing to this process and agreeing not to proceed to Court. Further to this, with collaborative law, the decisions made will be reached through a cooperative process rather than an adversarial process where the decision is ultimately made by a Judge.
Announcer: Yeah, those are both pretty big positives. What else?
Kim Doucett: Collaborative law is typically much less expensive than going through the Court system and is often much quicker. Perhaps one of the biggest benefits is that everyone’s stress levels are greatly reduced because of this process, which moves away from being confrontational into a process where everyone works as a team to resolve differences. This not only helps the parties, but also any children of the relationship as a result of the cooperative work of their parents.
Announcer Thank you, Kim. This has been the Cohen Highley legal moment. cohenhighley.com
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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 →