Supporting Collaborative Divorce in the Greater Vancouver Area

Supporting Collaborative Divorce in the Greater Vancouver Area

Couples do not marry with the idea of divorcing. Yet despite the best intentions and efforts, separation and divorce occurs. It is a fact of life. However, many couples today do not accept that divorce has to be a hostile battle with destructive consequences. And when there are children, above all, parents want to protect their children from the long-lasting harm of an adversarial divorce.

Who We Are

The Collaborative Divorce Network is a skilled practice group of like-minded, interdisciplinary professionals who share a passion for being of service to families. We offer a wealth of experience to help spouses successfully transition from separation and divorce to a new chapter in their lives.

Who We Serve

We serve spouses who want to separate or divorce with dignity and avoid the damaging effects of the traditional adversarial divorce process. Our clients are committed to negotiating respectfully, engaging in mutual problem-solving and maintaining amicable family relationships for the sake of their children and grandchildren.

Our Philosophy and Approach

Our basic tenets are expressed in the following statements:

Why we exist: To help families move forward through the separation and divorce process with respect, dignity and security.

Who we serve: Married and unmarried spouses who are seeking a fair, respectful, effective and efficient process to transition out of their relationship, and, who, if they have children, want to protect them from the possible negative effects of a separation or divorce.

How we work: Following the principles of the Collaborative Process, we empower families to reach solutions regarding all aspects of separation and divorce without court intervention.

What we are: A group of independent Collaborative Lawyers and Divorce Coaches, all highly experienced in the Collaborative Process, who work with separating and divorcing spouses and their children throughout the Greater Vancouver area.

Child and Spousal Support

Many clients are fearful of support obligations. The paying spouse is fearful of having to pay support that is beyond his or her capacity to pay. The receiving spouse is fearful of…

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Divorce Coaches

Get the help you need to understand and handle your feelings in a healthy way with divorce coaches through the Collaborative Divorce Network. Our Team includes qualified and compassionate…

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Unmarried Spouses

The Family Law Act in British Columbia has changed the legal framework in many ways - most significantly, spouses in a marriage-like relationship who have lived together…

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Children and Divorce

If you are considering a divorce and you have young children, their emotional and mental stability is undoubtedly your greatest concern. While research has proven the remarkable resiliency of children…

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Parenting Plans

A parenting plan is an agreement that separating parents develop together about how they will share parenting time and the day-to-day responsibilities of parenting…

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Separation Agreements

When relationships come to an end, challenges often arise when children are involved, when a spouse has inherited property or come into the relationship with more property than…

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Family Law

The ending of a marriage or relationship can be tumultuous. Coping day-to-day with this new reality is difficult enough, much less worrying about the long-term impact…

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Spouses without Children

Divorces that don’t involve children aren’t necessarily less complicated. These spouses need to reach resolution with respect to family, property, family debts and support obligations…

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Cohabitation and Marriage Agreements

Coming to an agreement in advance to deal with life’s contingencies can be a freeing experience for spouses. Establishing the framework for managing major issues when they are not…

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Your Team


Collaborative Divorce Network



Shelley Behr

Divorce Coach/Child Specialist


Garth Edwards



Robert W. Mostar



Deirdre Severide



Danny Zack


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