Anu is among a group of leading family lawyers across Canada who have recognized a paradigm shift and turned towards a solutions-oriented approach to divorce and conflict resolution - Collaborative Law.
“When a relationship is ending, why does it follow that divorce needs to be painful and debilitating to all involved? It really doesn’t, however this involves a conscious choice on the part of those involved in the process.” Anu Osborne
Collaborative Law is a practice that seeks to protect and sustain the long and short-term goals and interests of all family members. Through collaboration, divorce may end the marriage but not necessarily the relationship. This is especially critical when children are involved and there will still be family ties, and lifelong responsibilities.
The Collaborative Law Process
Collaborative Law differs dramatically from conventional divorce processes in that couples, with their lawyers, commit in advance and in writing, to work as a team to reach an agreement, using open and constructive dialogue. Court is not an option. In fact, the lawyers involved are disqualified from representing their clients in court. The lawyers act as advisers and advocates for their clients, they also act as facilitators and guides in the process. The process is flexible, so that the couple and their lawyers may also bring together an expanded team of support such as financial advisors, child specialists, and coaches, into the process to help a couple resolve their issues, reach an agreement, and restructure their relationships. All of this preserves the long-term well-being of the family.