Tuesday, 11 October 2016 14:41
Divorce is an unsettling and all-around stressful event for a family. For the process to be smooth and amicable there is a lot of work to be done. Simply to have both parties sit in the same room and reach an agreement that has the best interests of the family, can be time-consuming and wearisome on those involved. However, there is light at the end of this tunnel as Watson Goepel LLP partner, family lawyer and collaborative law professional, Jon Lazar, discusses on The Simi Sara Show, alongside Sandra Hawkins, divorce coach, family therapist, and co-owner at Concordia Counselling Services.
The collaborative divorce process helps families achieve a neutral agreement in front of a family therapist and family lawyer while remaining goal-oriented throughout the process. It allows all individuals to come to an agreement on how the family will look post-divorce. Additionally, it offers an alternative for families that would otherwise go to court, engage in a back and forth battle of affidavits and suffer the ongoing delays that arise from typical court proceedings. As Jon mentions during the show, 90% of the cases that start with a participation agreement end in a final signed agreement. The process itself tackles a new way to understand the needs of the entire family, what parenting will look like, and to arrive at a cooperative place going forward.
For more information on the collaborative divorce process in Vancouver, BC, click here.
Listen to the Jon discuss the collaborative divorce process on The Simi Sara Show: