A Wealth of Experience for Families

There are many dimensions to relationship and family matters. Whether you are planning for a relationship, seeking help within a relationship or transitioning out of a relationship, there are some common themes: finances, property, support and parenting.


The professionals in our group in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland offer a wealth of experience in helping you to properly address the challenges of major life transitions. This may involve a marriage or cohabitation agreement or a separation agreement.


Why the Collaborative Approach Is a Healthy Option for Your Divorce

If you want to minimize the emotional and financial challenges typically associated with separation and divorce and want to reach resolution in a non-adversarial manner the Collaborative Process is the best option for you. Consider the following benefits:

#1 – Avoid the Courtroom

The Collaborative Process is designed to avoid costly litigation before judges who make a final determination. Aren’t you and your spouse, with the support of your collaborative lawyers, in a better position to make an agreement for you and your family? In the Collaborative Process the spouses and their collaborative lawyers commit in the Participation Agreement to not commence or threaten to commence an action in court while in the process.


#2 –Divorce Coaches Provide Emotional Support

The Collaborative Process understands that the emotions surrounding a separation and divorce are powerful and cannot be ignored. To reach a durable resolution these emotions must be effectively dealt with. The divorce coaches are trained counsellors or psychologists and provide invaluable assistance to the spouses in dealing effectively with these emotions.


#3 – Working with a Financial Neutral

In the Collaborative Process you may choose to work with a financial neutral, who will guide you and your spouse through the family finances and provide financial clarity from a neutral perspective. Like the other collaborative professionals the financial neutral is trained in the collaborative process and will work with the collaborative lawyers to review and assess the various options that may be available to the spouses.


#4 – Working with a Child Specialist

Sometimes a child, often an older child, can better express his or her thoughts and feelings through a Child Specialist. It can be invaluable for parents to hear the Child Specialist’s report when looking at a resolution that is truly in the best interest of the child. This can lead to a strong parenting arrangement designed to not only uplift each parent's role but also to honour the child's wishes. The Child Specialist meets with the child or children and works with the divorce coaches and collaborative lawyers to design a plan that best meets everyone’s needs but primarily those of the children. A Child Specialist can also provide ongoing counselling and support to the children and the parents as they move forward in life.


#5 – Good Faith and Transparency

The Collaborative Process requires a commitment from each spouse for transparency and good faith negotiations. This requires both spouses to fully and confidentially disclose all material facts relevant to the divorce, and to promise not to make any changes to the assets or debts, including beneficiary designations on investments and insurance, will in the Process.

The Benefits of the Collaborative Process

The Collaborative Process empowers spouses to reach resolutions regarding all aspects of separation and without court intervention. Through the Collaborative Process, the spouses freely and openly discuss all settlement options and, with the support of the collaborative lawyers, and reach an resolution that meets the highest needs of each of the spouses. The spouses are encouraged to consider creative options that best suit their needs, recognizing that the prevailing law is really a backdrop against which creative options can be explored.


Our collaborative team serves couples who wish to divorce with dignity and avoid the negative consequences that most often flow from the traditional adversarial process. The Collaborative Process is most often more time and cost efficient than traditional litigation. In the Collaborative Process we are not dependent on court schedules – the only schedules that are relevant are that of the spouses and the collaborative professionals. The time required to reach resolution in the Collaborative Process is typically shorter than in litigation. The Collaborative Process preserves relationships, instead of destroying them, and effectively deals with the emotions, instead of pushing them aside. And, if privacy is important to you, the Collaborative Process is confidential.


Our Collaborative Team

In addition to our collaborative lawyers, our team can also include a number of other professionals trained and educated in matters affecting divorcing families, including divorce coaches, a neutral child specialist or a neutral financial specialist. Our child specialist and divorce coaches help families with children to navigate the most effective co-parenting arrangement, help spouses to learn effective communication skills in their restructured relationship and provides ongoing counselling to assist with the psychological and emotional aspects of restructuring spouses and families.

Interested in learning about the Collaborative Process? Contact one of our collaborative lawyers or divorce coaches to schedule a consultation.


If you are contemplating a separation or divorce and would like to discuss your options, please call us at 778-732-1375. We welcome the opportunity to help you transition through your divorce in a respectful manner.

Spousal and Child Support

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Separation Agreements

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Children and Divorce

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Parenting Plans

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Your Team

GENERAL INFORMATION

Collaborative Divorce Network

778-732-1375

info@nocourtdivorcebc.com

Shelley Behr

Divorce Coach/Child Specialist

Garth Edwards

Lawyer

Robert W. Mostar

Lawyer

Susan Vanderwerff

Divorce Coach/Child Specialist

Angiola De Stefanis

Lawyer

Deirdre Severide

Lawyer

Danny Zack

Lawyer

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