Fixed Fee Collaborative Model – Pilot Project
Connect is excited to introduce its latest initiative designed to offer families a choice in how they resolve their family law matters: the Fixed Fee Collaborative Model (A Pilot Project).
To learn more about the Model and whether it fits your family’s needs, read on …
What is it?
Under the Fixed Fee Collaborative Model, both spouses work together (and sometimes individually) with a team of expert advisers – two lawyers, two divorce coaches, and one financial professional – to address the legal, financial and emotional issues that result from separation and divorce. Both spouses know up-front exactly how much time and money they will spend resolving these issues because the hours and fees involved are fixed at the start of the process.
The goal of this collaborative process is to reach a settlement that both parties are satisfied with and that can be translated into a separation agreement.
Who should use it?
- Wish to avoid the extreme stress, expense and uncertainty that are often involved in family law litigation.
- Value a transparent, settlement-oriented, team approach to resolving their issues.
- Are generally able to communicate with one another in a productive, respectful manner.
What are the details?
1. Professionals. Each spouse will have their own collaboratively trained lawyer and divorce coach and both spouses will share the same financial professional. Our team:
- Lawyers: Leisha Murphy (Connect Family Law) and Catherine Brink (Harbour Law)
- Divorce Coaches: Yuval Berger (Hindsight Counselling), Sandy Hawkins (Concordia Counselling) and Shelley Behr (The Richmond Counselling Centre)
- Financial Professional: Jennie Weeks (Spring Tide)
2. Fixed Fee. The total fixed fee for those who wish to use the Model is $19,000, to be shared equally by each spouse (i.e. $9,500 per spouse).
3. Meetings. The fixed fee includes a set number of joint and individual meetings with the parties’ lawyers, divorce coaches and financial professional, up to a certain maximum number of hours per professional. During these meetings, the spouses will discuss and address the legal, financial and emotional issues relating to the ending of their relationship.
4. Separation Agreement. If the parties reach a settlement within the time allotted, the fixed fee would also include a final, signed separation agreement, including a parenting plan where there are children involved.
5. Not Included in the Fixed Fee:
- Any time beyond the maximum hours allocated for each professional.
- A guaranteed settlement.
- A desk order divorce.
- Preparation of expert reports, such as pension valuations and real estate or business appraisals.
- Professionals not included in the team, such as the use of a child specialist.
A final note: We are introducing the Model as a Pilot Project, which means that we may introduce refinements to the process and the fees in the future.
How can I get started?
Contact Connect by phone or email and ask about the Fixed Fee Collaborative Model. If the Model seems like the right fit for your family, we will schedule an initial meeting with Leisha Murphy, the Connect lawyer participating in this pilot project.