“Never cut what you can untie” – Joseph Joubert

Collaborative law

Collaborative law is the new kid on the block.

It’s a method of resolving disputes that is all about what you and your family need and want and then brainstorming ways for you to get it.

You will be given a chance to be heard and speak up about what matters to you in a safe environment where communication is respectful and you are supported at every step.

A specialist trained team of lawyers, neutral therapists and financial experts work as a team to guide outcomes that are determined by you.

Take a look at this video to see more about what Collaborative law is all about. Explore the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners website to find out more https://www.collaborativepractice.com/


In mediation, we work with you, your spouse and their lawyer and with a qualified and impartial mediator to resolve your differences and find a suitable outcome.

Many matters that are properly prepared and proceed to mediation with lawyers advice and support, settle.

We mediate in a particular way at Resolve.

We only work with family law qualified mediators; mediators who have had experience working as family lawyers themselves. These mediators facilitate mediation sessions for us and with us, for your family.

We will work with you and support you through this process to ensure you understand your rights and obligations and that you reach a settlement that promotes your best interests.


This is a process designed by us at Resolve Divorce Lawyers, with the benefits of advisers in other specialist areas.

It is round table conferencing, using  interest based negotiation methods whereby you receive the benefit of not only legal advice but the guidance and recommendations of family consultants and/or financial consultants, who create an advisory team for you and your spouse.

It is different from traditionalist collaborative practice as you are not obliged to change lawyers in the event your matter doesn’t settle.

It is also generally a more streamlined process than collaborative practice as it is more results driven.

It is one option in a multitude of process options, to fit with your needs and give you the best chance of getting the right outcome.

Lawyer negotiation

Tennis anyone?

This is a common way for many divorce disputes to be handled. Some lawyers, do not know any other way but to do this.

We liken this to a game of tennis. It is traditionalist, back and forth negotiation. And we don’t really like to follow tradition at Resolve.

However, if we engage in this method of negotiation, its purposeful!

Negotiation like this, allows each party to exchange information and proposals on a voluntary basis in an attempt to find a resolution that is acceptable for both parties. If done properly, it can be an effective way of information gathering.

When we engage in this, we will manipulate the play with the aim to end up in the type of settlement discussions that give better outcomes, like mediation or informal conferencing.

Court proceedings

Sometimes, a court application is a necessary and tactical strategy to get you what you need. We will use its benefits when and if, it is likely to be the most effective tool to get you through a hurdle in our negotiations.

We know about Court process and procedure and how to get the best outcomes.

Our point of difference however, is that we maintain a resolution focused approach in all that we do.

We approach Court with the view that what can be settled amicably, will be.

Did you know?

Having neutral psychological and financial professionals advise you together with your lawyers throughout the divorce process can create a level playing field by normalising emotions and giving you a clear understanding of your  situation and the impact of your choices.