The Traditional Approach for Dispute Resolution

Family in need of litigation

Litigation is the traditional method of dispute resolution that gives a judge authority to decide the terms of your divorce. Each spouse has a lawyer to represent them in court, or alternatively, a spouse can self-represent . The judge reviews the evidence presented and makes a decision that you, your spouse, and your children be required to follow.

The Emotional and Financial Costs of Litigation

Litigation can be emotionally and financially draining for spouses and their families and can cause long-term damage to relationships. In most cases, it is more expensive than other out-of-court dispute resolution processes. One hearing in court can cost as much or more than the entire cost of an out-of-court process such as the Collaborative Process. In addition, litigation often takes longer as your case is dependent not just on the schedules of you and your lawyer, but also the court schedule.

The professionals in the Collaborative Divorce Network believe that most spouses and families do not belong in court. Relationships most often are significantly damaged, resources are drained and the inherent conflict negatively impacts children.

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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