A lawyer that trained to work using the collaborative process to find solutions to issues that arise when couples get together (e.g. Pre Nups/Living together agreements) or separate (divorce/dissolution. The collaborative process can be used to reach decisions on a range of financial matters and where there are children of the family to help you make arrangements for the children).
It is a process that can be used to find solutions to issues that arise when couples get together (e.g. Pre Nups/Living together agreements) or separate (divorce/dissolution, financial maters, arrangements for children). Each person has their own lawyer and you all meet together in the same room to work things out face to face. You have your lawyer by your side throughout the entire process and therefore benefit from legal advice as you go. Brightpod also has members who are financial neutrals and family consultants who will assist where needed throughout the process. All the team make a commitment at the outset not to go to court.
A family consultant is usually a trained therapist or coach who will help you navigate your separation and divorce journey. If you have children they will help you decide what and when to tell your children about your separation, support you in making a parenting plan and offer ongoing parenting support. For you, they can offer individual or couple sessions to help you in your communication and to make plans for the future. They can also help you prepare or work alongside you in the mediation and collaborative processes.
I was really pleased to discover that there was an alternative to the traditional essentially adversarial process around divorce. For me the collaborative approach resonated strongly with my personal values of trying wherever possible to achieve a win – win; or at the least reducing the harm to either party.
"I also felt supported throughout by knowing that my lawyer was both looking after my interests, and honouring the process.
"It wasn’t easy, but in the end, I felt that both I and my ex-partner were able to close the chapter knowing that we had done the “right” thing by each other.