Collaborative Law

Cohabitation Agreements

Families are private.  Court is public.  Decisions affecting families should also be private.  Like at a kitchen table, the Collaborative Family Law approach helps you to make a plan with the other parent or partner with your lawyers present.  It is a cost effective and efficient way to make a plan.  A separation or a split is a change, not necessarily a conflict.  Planning for the change allows each of you to take important matters, logistics and timing into account.  Decisions are yours, yet made in accordance with your legal entitlements and your legal duties.  You can meet your obligations in a creative way that works for each of you and your family.  It is confidential and lets you deal with matters at a pace that works in your life.


Collaborative Law Basics

Each person has a qualified Registered Collaborative Lawyer and may also be able to have other collaborative experts and professionals to assist the family to make informed decisions.  Please see more at:

Having a lawyer by your side as you go through a divorce is the fairway. Divorce is a change and I help you plan that change. You are each experts of your own family, children, income and finances. You should be an informed decision-maker with your spouse as you plan your future. This is a kitchen table discussion with lawyers and other professionals present to help you make the best decisions going forward.


Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce is a respectful way to make a Plan after a separation, without going to court. Each spouse is the decision-maker, and each is represented by a registered collaborative lawyer from start to finish. Child experts, divorce coaches and financial professionals can be part of the collaborative team with the spouses. The spouses work cooperatively. They gather all necessary information and brainstorm together in face to face meetings. The goal is to create as many options as possible to reach solutions that are win-win for their family and each other. A property, parenting and support agreement would be set out in a Contract.  The final step is to agree on the terms for a Divorce Judgment, which sets out the agreement for parenting and support to the Court in a desk divorce.                      “Don’t cut what you can untie”.
Joseph Joubert