An Experienced Collaborative Lawyer Can Save Both Time And Money

There are thousands of people who go through a divorce without any legal representation or help because in my opinion they’re fearful that lawyers will make things worse. But, a collaborative lawyer is not that type of person.

A collaborative lawyer is there to help the clients make the best decisions for their whole family, and so they’re there to assist in the resolution of issues rather than making the problems bigger than they were.

We feel that there are many families that, once they were aware of this process, would be more interested in engaging the services of lawyers if they realize that the lawyers are really there to help. Even in the court system, over half of the people do not have any lawyers helping them. I’m sure many fear that the lawyer will be really expensive and make the issues bigger than they really are. If those people knew that this process was available, they probably wouldn’t go to court and they would engage a collaborative lawyer to help them resolve the issues.

The length of time it takes to resolve a case is dependent upon many variables including the parties and how complicated their case is as well as their availability and how long it takes to get the information that’s needed. But collaboration is substantially faster than the court process. To get into court, it takes usually 3 months and most court cases are run for at least 1 to 3 years before they’re resolved. Collaborative cases tend to be more like 6 months to a year to have full resolution. Some go more quickly and some take a little bit longer time, but I would say that they’re probably 3 times faster than the court process in my experience and cost probably 20 percent less than a court case.


If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with family law issues in the Barrie, Ontario Region, contact Galbraith Family Law for a consultation.

This article is taken from a September 23, 2008 interview with Brian Galbraith, Family Lawyer with Galbraith Family Law, a Barrie Ontario Family Law Firm. Note that laws vary from province to province. Please consult with a lawyer in your own area to be sure of the laws and specific issues in your own jurisdiction.