Collaborative Law

A collaborative process can be a win-win for those who want to avoid court and have constructive interaction going forward. A good collaborative lawyer will be in these negotiations with you.

When negotiating a family law dispute, it may work in some circumstances to take a collaborative approach. While not suitable for everyone, this collaborative law method can be a win-win for those who have a good chance of reaching an agreement and want to avoid court by contracting out of this option from the start, as well as maintaining reasonable relationships long after lawyers have finished.

When a collaborative process begins, all parties must instruct lawyers who are trained and accredited as in Collaborative Law. Margie and Janine are trained collaborative lawyers , skilled in collaborative law processes and accredited practitioners and members of both the Northern beaches and Northern Suburbs Collaborative Practice groups.

Do not hesitate to contact De Saxe O’Neill, skilled and experienced Collaborative Lawyers for the Northern Beaches and Sydney.

Our Collaborative Law practice can help in the following situations:

Deciding if collaborative law is the right way to go

As leading Collaborative Lawyers for the Northern Beaches, Sydney, we can help you navigate this alternative way to resolve your family law dispute. The collaborative process involves both parties and their lawyers working together to agree upon a fair solution to their child related or financial issues without going to court.

This is a family-focused process, and while not for everyone, if successful can ensure parties still speak to each other respectfully long after you’ve finished the legal process.

A collaborative approach involves cooperation from a range of professionals who can assist the family to find a solution, beyond just clients and their lawyers. These can be child specialist counsellors, accountants or financial advisers, who can assist where necessary through being involved in a series of group meetings with the parties and their lawyers.

Each party is represented by their lawyer at every step of the process. The lawyers assist the parties to work as a team to find common interests and concerns, exchange all relevant information, engage in collaborative mediation, explore options and reach the best possible settlement that the parties find acceptable.

Finally, the lawyers will draw up the agreement, usually as Consent Orders, which are submitted to the Court for approval.

Collaborative divorce

A collaborative divorce (or separation, if you are in a de facto relationship) might be a good option if you and your partner wish for an amicable result away from the court. This will avoid the expense, stress and animosity that is produced by court litigation.

If you and your partner have children and agree that their needs and best interests are of paramount importance, then this might also inform your decision to seek a collaborative divorce. De Saxe O’Neill is accredited to represent you in a collaborative divorce.

Collaborative property settlement and settlement agreements

At De Saxe O’Neill our collaborative lawyers can also help with issues such as property settlement and other financial issues like reaching a settlement agreement using the collaborative law process.

Alternative dispute resolution refers to other ways of coming to an agreement on critical matters such as care arrangements for children. You can read more about this here.


  • The Law sociaty of NSW
  • Doyles - Family Law 2020
  • Doyles - Family Law 2022
  • Family Law Section - Law Council of Australia - Member 2021/2022
  • Collaborative Professionals (NSW) inc

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