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What is collaborative divorce?

Divorce is often a stressful and strained experience, but not always.

Sometimes, a divorcing couple can remain on agreeable, or even friendly, terms.

If you and your former partner are in this situation, a collaborative divorce is worth considering. It starts with an agreement that you’ll act in good faith to settle all issues. It requires transparency about assets, and you must work together to finalise your divorce.

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What are the advantages of collaborative divorce?

There are no winners or losers in a collaborative divorce process.

Removing the need to win can help to reduce competitiveness between divorcing couples. If you choose a collaborative approach for your divorce, you’ll benefit from:

  • Commitment to keep conflict to a minimum
  • Collaborative lawyers who are trained to assist you to negotiate an outcome
  • Preserving your post-divorce relationship
  • Greater control of the process and the result
  • Solutions tailored to suit your situation
  • Less money spent on legal fees

Why choose DBH?

  • Experienced collaborative practitioners
  • Business asset expertise
  • Superannuation splitting
  • Obligation free first interview

Before collaboration starts, we’ll meet you for an obligation free first interview.

We’ll work out whether your circumstances suit collaboration and whether you would be willing to participate. We’ll talk you through how it works and answer your questions.

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Who can be involved in a collaborative divorce process?

Collaborative divorce procedure requires both you and your former partner to be represented by trained collaborative negotiation lawyers.

You can agree to involve experts, if needed, to provide additional information and support.


What should I expect?

Collaborative divorces start with both parties, and their lawyers, attending the first meeting.

You’ll work out and agree how to proceed. You may need a series of meetings before you’ve managed to resolve everything – that’s okay. So long as everyone’s acting in good faith and you’re still moving towards a full resolution.

If you’re not comfortable with collaboration, that’s fine. We’ll discuss other options and work out what’s best for you.

Whatever your decision, we’ll provide you with a written estimate of our legal fees, so that you’ve got all the information you need.

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