How to Get Through Your Divorce or Separation

How to Get Through Your Divorce or Separation

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Options For Divorce or Separation

Separation and divorce is stressful and painful. The way you choose to resolve the issues can make it worse or better. You decide the road to take.

Collaborative Team Practice – The Collaborative process is a cost-effective, future-focused, efficient, creative, problem-solving process. It is not about finding blame. It’s about creating a unique resolution that meets the core concerns of both parties. A professional team will support you find a resolution to the issues through a series of meetings. You’ll get the information you need to make the best decisions. You will commit to not going to family court and to negotiating a fair deal that works over the long term. In most cases, this is the best way to minimize the cost and pain of divorce. See the Collaborative Roadmap Here.

Mediation – You and your spouse work with a neutral third party to negotiate the terms of an agreement that works for your family. Normally, your lawyer does not attend the mediation process but you will have the opportunity to review the agreement with your lawyer prior to signing an agreement. It is effective, but some clients prefer the Collaborative process where your lawyer is present throughout the negotiations.

Lawyer Negotiations – It is always better to negotiate a settlement than to litigate it. Lawyer negotiations often result in an agreement. Some negotiations are conducted by correspondence but we sometimes have four way meetings to discuss the issues face-to-face. The advantage of the Collaborative process over lawyer negotiations is that in Collaborative there is a commitment that the case will not go to court. With Lawyer Negotiations, it is possible for the case to end up in court if resolution is not achieved. Family court is slow, costly, difficult to predict and you are giving the power to decide the issues to the judge.

Arbitration – Arbitration is similar to the court process except that the parties and their lawyers choose the judge and determine the procedural steps. As a result, closure is achieved. The downfall is that parties give the arbitrator (a privately retained professional who is given the powers of a judge) the right to decide the case only on the basis of the law. As a result, creative solutions that meet the core concerns cannot be considered. The arbitrator applies the law as he or she sees fit. It’s better than going to family court but it is expensive, and you give the power to decide the case to the arbitrator.

Family Court – Family court is a last resort. It is expensive, slow and the results are difficult to predict. The adversarial nature of the process often escalates the animosity between the parties. The judge will make decisions about your family based on the law without regard to your core concerns. The judge cannot be creative. Although we regularly represent clients in family court, we do so only if there is no other avenue of resolution available

About Galbraith Family Law:

At Galbraith Family Law, we have an excellent team of staff and lawyers to serve our clients’ interests.

“Team” has become a cliché in business-talk but, in our case, it best describes our corporate culture. We truly work together as a team to support our clients. Although each person has their own sphere of responsibilities, we help each other get the job done. There are no big egos getting in the way of serving our clients. We treat each other and our clients the way we would want to be treated.

Call us local | Barrie 705-302-1072 | Orillia 705-242-2854 | Newmarket 289-803-3327

Galbraith Family Law Professional Corporation

124 Dunlop Street West
Barrie, Ontario
L4N 1B1

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