Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce:
A family-centric, co-operative process
that avoids going to court

Collaborative Divorce is a process designed to navigate separation and divorce while avoiding adversarial, time-consuming and stressful impacts of going to court.


With an emphasis on teamwork, Collaborative Divorce fosters respectful communication and a commitment to stay out of court so that the focus can remain on a mutually agreeable settlement. This allows couples to reach a separation agreement that is creative, customized and satisfactory for everyone – including any children involved.

Is Collaborative Divorce right for you? Our online questionnaire can help determine whether a collaborative approach makes sense for you and your family.

Separation and divorce don’t have to be adversarial. Out-of-court and no court options can be an effective way to settle difficult matters like parenting time, and decision making; the sale or maintenance of the family home; pet ownership and custody; or financial matters like support or how a family business is divided. Many couples find it to be a less-stressful way to handle the transition to the new normal, post-divorce.

In the right situation, Collaborative Divorce can be particularly effective at reducing disruption when it comes to children or other close family members through the divorce process. It’s a team approach, sometimes with a family relations neutral who will help with tough emotions and schedules, or a financial neutral who can create plans to meet obligations and finance realistic lifestyle changes.

Other situations in which Collaborative Practice may be beneficial

Non-family matters, too, are ripe for collaborative resolution. From Testamentary & Estate matters to home renovation disputes, people who want to resolve their personal and financial disputes without judges and expensive litigation should consider collaborative, out-of-court solutions with SullivanLaw.

In our experience, clients are best served when their lawyer is experienced in and has access to all methods of out-of-court resolution, like co-operative negotiation, Collaborative Divorce and mediation. When clients receive clear, considered guidance from the beginning, they are more likely to arrive at a resolution that is as expedient and economical as possible.

Out-of-court resolutions can include:

  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Pre-nuptial and marriage contracts
  • Loans and grants from parents to adult children
  • Family Law disputes
  • Custody, access and child support 
  • Spousal support and family finances
  • Construction disputes
  • Employment contracts
  • Estate and trusts settlement
  • Conflicts with neighbours
  • Lawyer’s fee disputes
  • Independent Legal Advice