Collaborative Family Law & Separation

Collaborative Divorce - Doug Chalke Lawyer

Collaborative Divorce, also known as Collaborative Family Law, provides a safe and supportive format for couples to resolve separation and divorce issues. It is one of several approved ways of achieving the goal of resolution included in the Family Law Act of British Columbia.


The couple and their lawyers commit to creating agreement in a structured process. It is, in every sense of the word, a team approach to getting through this difficult time and also can include a financial planner, divorce coach and child specialist.


Doug Chalke is a member of Collaborative Divorce Vancouver and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He has 30 years of experience as a family lawyer in British Columbia and has helped hundreds of couples resolve their separation, parenting and divorce issues.



Benefits of Collaborative Divorce:


Collaboration can cut down on the conflict and expense of divorce

five ways. You and your spouse can:


  • Stabilize your situation through a temporary agreement.

  • Exchange all necessary information.

  • Agree on legal procedures that cut down expense and simplify the process.

  • Negotiate a settlement that works for you both.

  • Come to an agreement on how post-divorce issue will be handled.


How does the Collaborative Process Work?


Collaborative divorce is a process in which you and your spouse negotiate an acceptable agreement with some professional help. You and your spouse each hire a specially trained collaborative lawyer who advises and assists you in negotiating a settlement agreement. You meet separately with your own lawyer and the four of you meet together on a regular basis. A collaborative divorce may also involve other professionals, such as therapists or financial advisers.