Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law

Collaborative law is a unique and resource-saving method of solving family law matters by finding an agreed resolution.

The nature of collaborative law is to work through issues in a transparent and non-aggressive way, allowing lawyers and clients to work together in resolving disputes. When it comes to family law, this wholistic approach can help the parties save a lot of angst. There can be many benefits to engaging in this type of law, such as saving costs financially, emotionally and psychologically, as well as time by comparison to using traditional Family Court proceedings.

If you have decided to separate or end your relationship and would like to settle your matter out of Court, collaborative law presents a private and empowering opportunity to do so.

Collaborative law is facilitated by a neutral facilitator. Different to mediation, you may choose to invite other professionals into the process which such as a child specialist, who will work with parents and/or children, or a financial planner who may help with the property settlement.

This unique approach would note suit matters involving uncooperative parties nor cases with demonstrations of bitterness and incivility. Further, collaborative practice is unsuitable in situations where an intervention order is in place or aggressive behaviour is being exhibited.

In order for the collaborative process to occur, both clients need to engage solicitors who have been trained in collaborative law. Collaborative Law begins when both parties sign a participation agreement acknowledging that the process of collaborative law is a voluntary process, each party is prepared to engage in and be bound by the process however also acknowledges that the process essentially disqualifies each other’s respective lawyer’s right to represent either one in any future litigation.

Carew Counsel Solicitors believe this nontraditional legal approach is progressive, with many of our lawyers qualified in the area of collaborative law. We are glad to offer this legal service to those who would like to use it, with our highly trained solicitors available to guide you through the process.

Where to from here?

Contact us to discuss how we can assist you with your family law matter.

Book an Initial Consultation – We sit down with you for 90 minutes to gain a thorough understanding of your needs and your matter.

Attend a Free Family Law Seminar – Held in the Melbourne CBD, this is your chance to build your legal knowledge, get an understanding of the court process and ask questions to our lawyers before making any decisions.

Get Started Online – Ready to make a start? Answer a few questions and get a free personalised information pack tailored to your family law issue. We can also assemble your relationship history, which will help us reduce costs if you book in for an appointment.

Why choose Carew Counsel Solicitors?


We have decades of experience in the area of child support - advocating for our clients to achieve the outcomes they desire.

Engaging in collaborative law can lead to saving costs financially, emotionally and psychologically, as well as time by comparison to using traditional Family Court proceedings.

We empower you, by helping you understand the system, the options and the advantages and disadvantages of different options.

We have experience working with a range of experts in family law, meaning that when you need outside assistance, such as valuations or accountancy advice, we can engage professionals who best suit your individual circumstances.

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At Carew Counsel we understand that selecting the right legal representation is an important decision.

Contact us today and discover how we can assist with your family law matter.