Divorce Routes: Which do I Choose?
COLLABORATIVE FAMILY PRACTICE:
- This process commences either during the marriage (if you are looking at executing a Deed of Separation or Marital Agreement) or prior to divorce proceedings.
- This is for parties looking at avoiding costly litigation and working to achieve a win-win solution in the best of interest of all parties. Interest-based negotiations prevail over positions.
- Lawyers must be accrediated in Collaborative Family Practice.
- High success rate.
- This is similar to collaborative family practice and each party is represented by a lawyer. Lawyers need not be trained in CFP.
- In the event negotiation fails, you can continue to use the same lawyer whereas in CFP you cannot.
- Meeting-based process to try to work out a settlement acceptable to both but leans towards being positional with ability to walk away.
- Private Mediate (3 parties)
- Parties appoint a neutral third party to assist in the disputes.
- Session conducted at Mediator’s office with parties but no lawyers.
- It’s a process that requires parties to voluntarily participate and be committed to resolutions.
- SMC Mediation (6 parties)
- During the court divorce proceedings, parties engage SMC to choose two mediators who are must be accrediated in Family Law mediation.
- Parties pay a set fee each and comes to mediation with their lawyers.
- Court Mediation
- This takes place in court and conducted by a judge sitting as a mediator.
- Usually takes 2 -3 sessions (of 2-3 hrs per session to arrive at a global settlement).
- No fees payable to the Mediators.
- Parties need to set aside time and trust the process.
- This is the last option when the other 3 routes fail.
- The preferred options when one party believes that it is impossible to collaborate, negotiate or mediate with other party.
- Be prepared to allocate time and financial resources as it is a longer process.
- Much paperwork involved – Affidavits, Summons, Discovery, Interrogatories, Injunctions, etc.
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