Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
They may just be the ultimate oxymorons - a caring lawyer and a friendly divorce. But thanks to the efforts of two Adelaide lawyers they are also reality.

Lawyers Bev Clark and Chris Swan care more about their clients and doing the right thing for them than the showmanship and egos of winning in court.

"In 2007 I learnt about Collaborative Law and wanted to learn more about this new approach," says Clark. "For years I had been unhappy with the way many lawyers conduct Family Law cases and having to work against them made it very difficult to get a good solution for the family.

"Some family lawyers seem to pour fuel on the fire rather than helping clients take a long term view. The provocative missiles sent in the direction of my clients in the guise of lawyer letters did nothing to help families stay out of court."

The Collaborative process was developed in the US 20 years ago specifically to assist divorcing couples to transition into two households but enable them to co-parent beyond the divorce and keep the needs of the children in the forefront of the parties minds...all without the stress of having to go to court.

The unique concept of the Collaborative process is not the only reason Bev and Chris are seeing more friendly divorces and happy children but also due to their own relationship. They trust each other and know that they are both looking out for the best interests of both parties. And along with financial adviser Garth Craig they make a formidable trio working under the Avoid A Court banner.

Clark sums it up, "We are all committed to helping families through the toughest time of their lives."

Clark and Swan have travelled extensively overseas and interstate undergoing advanced training and attending international conferences to further develop their expertise in the area and now conduct training in SA for others. While still in its infancy in SA, the demand for the Collaborative process is growing.

And it is not hard to see why when the the process is about ascertaining what each person wants and working with them to find the right solution for everyone especially the children.

Collaborative Law is one way to ease the pain of divorce for parents and their children's needs are made a priority.

Swan says, "Mums and dads understand far better than any judge what fair looks like. Keeping children from getting damaged, saving a family business, working out special needs for family members are outcomes best reached through respectful communications not courtroom battles."

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Avoid A Court Divorce

Avoid A Court Divorce by using the Collaborative process to help you avoid court, resolve conflicts and reach a negotiable settlement. Lawyers Bev Clark from Belperio Clark, Chris Swan from Swan Family Lawyers and Garth Craig from Hindmarsh Square Wealth Advisers work together with a select team of highly ethical and empathetic relationship experts under the banner of Collaborative Divorce.

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P: 0406187174


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