Collaborative Law

Engage in open communication to resolve issues without going to Court

Our principal Deborah Awyzio, as well as our Associate Solicitor Alison Allen and our Managing Director Lisa Foley have undertaken training in collaborative practice. This means they are able to offer an alternative dispute resolution process, rather than only litigation, mediation or negotiation between lawyers.

Collaborative practice is more focussed on separated partners taking responsibility for resolving their dispute in a respectful, collaborative way with the assistance of four-way face to face meeting between separating partners and their lawyers.

There is not extensive correspondence between lawyers and if necessary third party experts such as communication specialists, valuers, accountants, and financial planners are brought into the process by agreement, when needed.

Collaborative Practice at DA Family Lawyers

Collaborative Practice can only be used if both parties agree to it.

With Collaborative Practice we only work with clients to resolve their matter. If you cannot settle the matter and need to go to court we will refer you to another lawyer. This way our interests are aligned with yours: we will focus on a resolution that does not resort to ligation in a court.

This is a confidential process between participants and involves full disclosure of all information.

What’s involved with Collaborative Practice?

The process starts off with an initial consultation. This will allow us to first assess whether this is a suitable process for you, and if it is, then we will prepare a face to face meeting with your former partner and their solicitor.

At the face to face meeting with your former partner and their lawyer, the collaborative agreement will be discussed and signed. Once that is signed we will identify interests and issues. This meeting involves everyone working together to decide what steps to be taken—by all involved—for us to advance the matter towards settlement.

The end of the Collaborative Practice process

There are two ways this process can end:

  1. Settlement is reached
  2. You or your former partner terminates the agreement to participate

A third possibility also exists: we are able to terminate the agreement if:

  • you knowingly withhold information material to the process
  • you knowingly misrepresent information to the process
  • seek to misuse the process
  • if one or both parties may be harmed or prejudiced by continuing to participate in the process
  • the process is no longer effective

If you would like further information about our Collaborative Practice please download our brochure.

Collaborative Law

If you would like more information about collaborative practice, get in touch with DA Family Lawyers in Brisbane. Our reliable, supportive and knowledgeable family law solicitors are here to help.

Read more about how to respectfully separate in Queensland’s Collaborative Law guide.

You can also find out more about how to own this confidential process in an article by DA Family Lawyer’s Director, Deborah Awyzio. Click here to read the article.