Collaborative Divorce In Canada Is A Possible Alternative To Divorce In 2024

Collaborative Divorce In Canada Is A Possible Alternative To Divorce In 2024

Very few marriages are predicated on the idea that they will one day end. However, Surrey residents understand that here in Canada, where the divorce rate is said to hover at nearly 50 percent, the potential for a marriage to end in divorce is quite high. These days, more couples are seeking alternatives to the traditional court route for dissolving a marriage, one of the most popular being collaborative divorce.

The benefits of collaborative divorce are myriad, but for many couples, the potential for the process to cost less money and take less time is a major selling point. As collaborative divorce avoids the litigation process, court fees usually associated with the end of a marriage can be avoided at least in part. Of course, the lack of court dates does not preclude the need for both parties to secure experienced representation for the next stage in the process.

The negotiation process of a collaborative divorce involves the couple sitting down to discuss their preferences for the settlement with the support of attorneys and other professionals to hammer out the details of a divorce agreement. This can include, but is not limited to, child custody, asset and debt division and division of physical property. Many couples have indicated this style of problem solving was considerably less contentious than litigation typically fosters.

Of course, this does not mean collaborative divorce is for everyone. For some Surrey residents, their divorce might benefit from the structured environment of a courtroom. However, this is why it is important for both parties to fully understand the differences between types of divorce and the options available to them. The support of experienced representation during this time can help both parties make the decision that is right for their separation.


Stuart Zukerman

Stuart Zukerman, a graduate of the University of British Columbia, has over 32 years of experience in litigation with a focus on Family Law, Personal Injury, Wrongful Dismissal claims, and Collaborative Divorce & Mediation. He has extensive trial experience in divorce, child custody, spousal support, asset division, and ICBC injury claims. As an accredited Family Law Mediator, he helps resolve disputes without court intervention. Stuart has also authored papers on family law and lectured at CLE courses.