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Collaborative Family Law

Collaborative Family Law is a cooperative and dignified approach to separation and divorce.   

This relatively new process works best with couples who can talk reasonably and rationally to resolve their issues. 

The Collaborative Family Law approach preserves the long term interests of the family using cooperation and open communication.

If both parties agree to using the collaborative model, a Participation Agreement is signed by the spouses, their lawyers and any other professional members of the team.  If either spouse decides later to go to court, then everyone on the team must withdraw from the process, including the lawyers.  This ensures that both spouses and their lawyers are committed to and focused on a successfully negotiated result.

The lawyer’s role is to provide legal advice, and coaching in an organized framework to help couples agree on the terms of a separation agreement.  Collaborative Family Law is a voluntary process for resolving conflict in a cooperative way through confidential settlement meetings.

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Collaboration eases the emotional strains of a break up and protects the needs and well being of the children. 
The goal of Collaborative Family Law is to assist separating spouses and their children to achieve the best possible outcome for all concerned.  Collaborative Family Law encourages mutual respect and emphasizes the needs of children. 

Through open communication, as well as full and transparent financial disclosure, both parties identify and address their concerns and interests.  The process paves the way for smooth transitions and interactions in the future.  Parties reaching agreement themselves tend to be happier in the long run than those who have decisions imposed on them by a judge, in court.

The collaborative approach keeps you in control of the process and keeps it out of the courts.

Divorce is psychologically stressful.  Collaborative Family Law offers an alternative to lengthy and devastating legal battles.  With a focus on conflict resolution and mutual respect, the needs of the parties and children can be achieved through cooperation and non-adversarial strategies.

As your collaborative family lawyer, Diane Daly acts as your legal adviser to help you reach the best possible results for you and your family. 


The Collaborative

Family Law Team


The Collaborative Family Law model of negotiation uses a “team approach” to assist spouses in resolving the issues that arise on separation.

Your collaborative “team” will include you, your spouse, your lawyers, and any other professionals that you feel are needed.  We use financial experts (such as accountants, business and pension valuators), and family specialists (such as parenting coordinators, therapists, facilitators, etc.).   

Using a team approach is efficient and cost effective because you have the benefit of the right expertise at the right time.   Often, you do not need expensive lawyers for all aspects of the negotiation.   With advice and assistance from your lawyers, you and your spouse decide who you will need on your team.


Oakville Law - Family Law Oakville LawyerCollaborative Family Law is not for everyone, but it is a viable and preferred method for many families.  Diane Daly can give you the information you need to decide if it is right for you. 

Diane Daly is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP); the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation (OCLF); the Hamilton-Halton Collaborative Practice Group; and the Halton-Peel Collaborative Practice Group.

Contact the team at Daly Law to find out more about Collaborative Family Law. The Oakville office number is (905) 844-5883.