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Collaborative Law

During this difficult time, you need a simple, cost-effective and rapid solution to your family law problem. Arbitration and collaborative law are two alternative dispute resolution processes that can assist.

Collaborative Law is a dispute resolution process designed to assist you to stay in control of your own decisions and to stay out of court.

In collaborative law, you, your former partner, your respective lawyers and other professionals make a commitment to work together towards an agreement using a cooperative problem-solving approach.

Collaborative law is suitable for the resolution of both financial and parenting issues arising from separation and divorce, as the process focuses on the needs of both parties and their children, where children are involved.

Resolving disputes through collaborative law has a number of significant advantages as opposed to pursuing the matter through court. These include:

  • Greatly reducing the financial, emotional and legal costs of litigation
  • Being motivated to learn what works to achieve a settlement
  • Learning to problem solve and work with each other
  • Learning to communicate openly and respectfully with the other party
  • Working towards a “win-win” settlement

Family law matters can be complex. We, therefore, recommend you seek legal advice from one of our Perth family lawyers. We invite you to discuss your particular matter with our Legal Practitioner Director, Ms Shannon Bodeker, who is very experienced in collaborative law.

Prior to your first appointment, you may send us an email outlining your situation in as much detail as you like. This information will be read on a complimentary basis prior to your first family law appointment.

Email our Legal Practitioner Director, Shannon Bodeker at, for your complimentary pre-read and first appointment at a reduced rate.