About Collaborative Practice

About Collaborative Practice

A Constructive, Dignified way to Approach Separation and Divorce

The Collaborative Family Law Association of Durham Region was formed in 2003 for the purpose of bringing together lawyers from the whole of Durham Region who are interested in practicing collaborative family law.

We became Collaborative Practice Durham Region (CPDR) in 2009, welcoming into our membership financial and mental health professionals who participate in the collaborative team to assist families in their negotiations.

All too often, a couple’s decision to separate or divorce triggers a courtroom battle which is psychologically, emotionally and financially draining – not just for the spouses, but for their children.

You can choose not to go to Court!

Members of the Group are:

  • Lawyers in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada;
  • Neutral child and family specialists;
  • Financial professionals;
  • Trained in a program of collaborative family law approved by the Group;

Benefits of Resolving Family Law Problems through Collaborative Family Law:

  • Less expensive than in traditional litigation;
  • Less stress for spouses;
  • Less stress for children;
  • Privacy and dignity–no airing of personal matters in a public court;
  • A tailor-made individual plan for settling your case;
  • No waiting for the court’s backlog;
  • An ongoing civil relationship with your “ex”.