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Collaborative Law - FIND RESOLUTION, STAY OUT OF COURT

Collaborative law recognises that separation involves more than legal matters, but also the financial, relational and emotional wellbeing of all parties involved. The collaborative law process brings together a team of professionals, who work together with the family to resolve all matters of the divorce. Guided by our professional mediators and by our collaboratively trained lawyers, the process works to find a resolution that works for all parties involved.

WORKING TOGETHER

Collaborative law offers individuals an option for dispute resolution that involves both parties committing to handling legal matters outside of court. Through this process, separation agreements are negotiated between the parties with help of each individual’s collaboratively trained lawyer, a professional mediator to guide the conversations as well as any other professionals (financial advisors, counselors, accountants etc.) you would like to join the conversation. Everyone works together to find a resolution that benefits the family involved.

HOW IT WORKS

Meetings will be arranged between all parties, where everyone will sit around a table and talk openly and honestly. Legal, emotional, financial and relational matters will all be discussed at a pace to suit both parties whilst maintaining transparency and amiability. This can take place over a few weeks or months, depending on the situation. Resolution is found by working as a team to find a solution that benefits both parties.

OUTCOME FOCUSED

KEY BENEFITS

Driven by the clients, collaborative law allows individuals to make their own decisions for their own situation, giving them more control over the outcome and working to a timeline that suits them. Rather than have a third party determine the result, individuals craft a solution that works best for their specific situation. More often than not, collaborative law saves time, money and is less emotionally taxing. Whilst taking issues to court can take years, collaborative law can find resolution within months.

COLLABORATIVE LAW

IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?

Although individuals who choose collaborative approaches see a high success rate, collaborative practice isn’t the best path for all individuals. For situations where it’s unsafe to meet with the spouse, there are issues with substance/alcohol dependency, or there are concerns with trust, empathy and/or communication from the other—court proceedings might be the best path. Our lawyers will conduct a screening process to ensure this is going to be the most efficient route for you.

 

Divorce and separation is already a stressful and tiring process, choosing a collaborative approach can relieve a lot of pressures and make the whole process faster and easier. Together we will achieve a respectful long-term solution that will prepare you and your family for the future.

HERE’S WHAT TO DO NEXT

READY TO GET STARTED?

01
15 Minute Discovery Call

Our process starts with a free 15-minutes initial phone consultation to assess your situation and provide you with preliminary guidance and advice.

02
Consultation

If you need detailed advice after our call, we can schedule a consultation at our office or via zoom call.

03
Identify the issues

We listen to your needs, determine your goals, and map out a strategy for your legal matter with you.

04
Set the Scope

Based on your goals, we will provide you with the scope of work to be covered at a fixed price we have for you.

05
Resolution

We work with you to negotiate and resolve your legal issues and formalise your settlement into legally binding documents.

HERE’S WHAT TO DO NEXT

READY TO GET STARTED?

01
15 Minute Discovery Call

Our process starts with a free 15-minutes initial phone consultation to assess your situation and provide you with preliminary guidance and advice.

02
Consultation

If you need detailed advice after our call, we can schedule a consultation at our office or via zoom call.

03
Identify the issues

We listen to your needs, determine your goals, and map out a strategy for your legal matter with you.

04
Set the Scope

Based on your goals, we will provide you with the scope of work to be covered at a fixed price we have for you.

05
Resolution

We work with you to negotiate and resolve your legal issues and formalise your settlement into legally binding documents.

ready to get started ?

Here’s what to do next

01

15 Minute Discovery Call
If you need a detailed advice after our call, we can schedule a consultation at our office or via zoom call.

03

Identify the issues
Based on your goals, we will provide you with the scope of work to be covered at a fixed price we are able to do this for.

05

Resolution
Our process starts with a free 15 minute initial phone consultation to assess your situation and provide you with preliminary guidance and advice.

02

Consultation
We listen to your needs, determine your goals, and map out a strategy for your legal matter with you.

04

Set the Scope
We work with you toward negotiating and resolving your legal issues and formalising your settlement into legally binding documents.

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Testimonials

What Our Clients Say

Faiza has been representing me for multiple Family court matters in and outside of the courts over the past year and has always been very honest and open about the best decisions and actions to take with the children’s best interest at heart.  I started in the Family Courts self-represented and it’s very hard to make good decisions during such an emotional time.  With Faiza’s help I have had very good outcomes in all matters. and it’s very hard to make good decisions during such an emotional time.  With Faiza’s help I have had very good outcomes in all matters.

Kirk H, WA

I take this opportunity to thank you very much for all the support and great effort that you always displayed, that makes a huge difference to us clients when we are suck in emotional and financial distress due to separation and divorce.

Carlotta T, WA

I found Faiza to be an admirable solicitor. Displaying extensive knowledge in Family Law, whilst showing compassion.

Tonya K, WA

Faiza’s professionalism and sharp legal mind are what she brings to each case and she fought for me with a ferocity that I myself lacked at times. I don’t wish a divorce on anyone, least of all a difficult one. However, if that is what is happening, I’d put all my bets on Faiza as my legal representative. Thank you, Faiza.

Kiran K, Singapore

Testimonials

What Our Clients Say

Faiza has been representing me for multiple Family court matters in and outside of the courts over the past year and has always been very honest and open about the best decisions and actions to take with the children’s best interest at heart.  I started in the Family Courts self-represented and it’s very hard to make good decisions during such an emotional time.  With Faiza’s help I have had very good outcomes in all matters. and it’s very hard to make good decisions during such an emotional time.  With Faiza’s help I have had very good outcomes in all matters.

Kirk H, WA

I take this opportunity to thank you very much for all the support and great effort that you always displayed, that makes a huge difference to us clients when we are suck in emotional and financial distress due to separation and divorce.

Carlotta T, WA

I found Faiza to be an admirable solicitor. Displaying extensive knowledge in Family Law, whilst showing compassion.

Tonya K, WA

Faiza’s professionalism and sharp legal mind are what she brings to each case and she fought for me with a ferocity that I myself lacked at times. I don’t wish a divorce on anyone, least of all a difficult one. However, if that is what is happening, I’d put all my bets on Faiza as my legal representative. Thank you, Faiza.

Kiran K, Singapore

SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT

TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS

When you choose collaborative law, you’re choosing a tailored approach to resolving your matters. You choose who sits with you at the table alongside yourself, your spouse, each other’s lawyer and a facilitating mediator. Social workers, divorce coaches, accountants and psychologists are some examples of the professionals that you can choose to help with handling separation matters. 

 

Our team at Lighthouse Legal have a trusted network of contacts we recommend to clients. If you’re unsure who you might need to join you for discussions, we can help you find the right professionals for your specific situation.

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COLLABORATIVE LAW COSTS

For collaborative law, every situation is different. Depending on you and your spouse’s needs, will determine the costs incurred. 

 

When you book a consultation with Lighthouse Legal we will chat about all of the details involved in the divorce and determine the most efficient course of action. Prices will adjust depending on your priorities however, we always seek to achieve the most affordable route. You will be given a fixed price outright, meaning no hidden fees, no unexpected costs and no confusing bundles.

 

We look at your budget and work with you to develop a price to achieve the value and outcome you are seeking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Family Mediation

Family mediation is an affordable option to resolve family disputes and separation. Through productive and amiable discussions, couples will undergo mediation with a panel of professionals with the mutual goal of finding a resolution that satisfies all parties involved. Parties will be joined by professional mediators, lawyers, financial advisors, counselors and other professionals relevant to the situation.

Typically, each party will pay their own costs and where there are joint sessions, the costs should be shared equally. In some cases, depending on your unique financial circumstances, it may be possible for one party to bear the costs in the first instance, or to be reimbursed in the final property settlement.

To us, a win means that you have found a resolution to your family law matter and have either avoided going to the Family Court altogether or have been able to finalise your family law matter, including financial settlement and parenting arrangements. We are passionate about guiding clients towards a big win that keeps people out of court and resolving family law disputes as amicably as possible.

At Lighthouse Legal, we can recommend family mediators within our extensive partner network. Alternatively, suppose you have found a family mediator that you would like to work with. In that case, our team will be happy to guide you through a lawyer-assisted mediation to make the most of your mediation session and achieve a resolution.

Family mediation typically costs between $2,500 to $7,000 and can depend on the length of the family mediation session as well as the experience of the family mediator. In most cases, this cost is split equally between the parties. Although the fees may seem high at first glance, the time and effort spent at a family mediation are well worth the savings from starting a court case and going to the Family Court.

The cost of family lawyers varies considerably between family lawyers. Costs are determined on a case-by-case basis. Depending on your family matter and the time involved, will determine the cost incurred. 

 

Traditional family law firms often charge an hourly fee, billing the client per minute. There are lots of problems with time billing as it often leaves the client with an expensive and unexpected bill. 

 

Here at Lighthouse Legal, our team of family lawyers don’t do that. We provide you with a fixed-fee quote to achieve the outcome you want, broken down into stages and at varying levels of legal support to suit your needs.

Family mediation has an extremely high success rate with over 85% of family disputes being resolved through family mediation. With a team of professionals at the table to support the couple, family mediation allows parties to negotiate their own settlement, giving them control of the process.

Family mediation has a high success rate but unfortunately does not work for every family. While we try our hardest to guide our client’s through a successful family mediation, there are situations where this is not possible or where family mediation was suitable. Please speak to our team to discuss whether family mediation is the right option for your family.

Family mediation often begins with separate intake sessions for each party with the mediator and may take between 30 – 90 minutes depending on the family mediator. After the initial session, family mediation may take a few weeks up to a few months as each family would have unique issues to unpack. 

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08 6154 0850

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Unit 9, 478 William Street, Perth WA 6000
(We are facing Bulwer Street)

OLIVIA HERBERT

Olivia joined the Lighthouse Legal team in October 2022 as our Client Services officer and junior paralegal. Olivia graduated in 2020 after completing her Bachelor of Science degree from Murdoch University.

Olivia has also got a strong background in retail. Always armed with a warm smile, Olivia is enthusiastic about helping our clients through their separation journey.

 

NARESH GABRIEL

Naresh is the co-founder of Lighthouse Legal and the head of strategic partnerships.

As part of the team, Naresh plays a key role in ensuring our clients are connected to our network of collaborative professionals and partners so that our clients are supported holistically as they navigate their separation. Naresh is well known for thinking out of the box and coming up with innovative ways to deal with issues. He facilitates our client engagement experience and is always happy to speak to clients for their feedback about our operations or pricing structures.

As our resident social butterfly, he makes friends with virtually everyone, anywhere he goes. Outside the firm, Naresh is also the CEO and founder of Rai Energy, and a father of two pre-teen daughters.

 

 

Emma Neal

Emma graduated from Edith Cowan University and worked as a family lawyer at other law firms before joining our team in April 2022.

Emma recognises that most people going through a separation are completely overwhelmed and are just in need of simple, pragmatic and practical solutions. She brings her warmth and kindness to each client, and they know she's in their corner as they go through a major life transformation.

Emma is also a separation and divorce coach, helping individuals approaching the end of a marriage to navigate their way to positive and healthy relationship outcomes. Her approach enables clients to develop an empathetic understanding of the divorce process, and to move through it as quickly as possible.

Memberships:

  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia


FAIZA GABRIEL

Having observed her parents go through a messy divorce as a teenager, Faiza knew early on that there had to be a better way and that her calling was to guide people in that direction. Since being admitted as a solicitor and barrister in 2008, she has worked predominantly in family law. Over the years, she has gained extensive experience in family law matters, including complex financial settlements and arrangements for children at the Family Court, before finally establishing her practice in 2020.

Lighthouse Legal is Faiza’s commitment to raise the bar for family law and to help her clients find safe passage through the storm. She provides the attention and the strategic advice necessary to help them move on with their lives.

Trained as a mediator and an independent children’s lawyer, Faiza listens without judgement and will tell you what you need to hear – not just what you want to hear – to help you get back on track.

Memberships:

 

  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia
  • Women Lawyers of Western Australia

 

MEDIATION

Our family lawyers will always try to resolve a dispute through negotiation and mediation first if possible. Applying to the Family Court of Western Australia is time consuming, stressful and often expensive. We’d rather you not have to take things through the court system if it can be avoided.

CONSENT ORDERS

Parties who have negotiated an agreement in relation to their financial matters or parenting arrangements can formalize these into an Order of Court made by consent. Consent Orders have the same weight as orders made by judicial determination, without the lengthy litigation and expensive legal costs. This is the preferred route for most separating couples to finalise their rights and obligations toward each other at the end of their relationship.

Consent Orders can cover both parenting orders, such as who the children will live with and how often they will spend time with the other parent, and financial orders such as how the assets will be split, including real estate, superannuation and shares.

At Lighthouse Legal, we specialize in assisting you with negotiations with the other party so that you can reach a settlement amicably and efficiently. Our team of experienced, professional family lawyers are here to help.

FINANCIAL SETTLEMENTS

Event the most amicable separation can get tense when it comes to the finances and this is often an area that is rife with power imbalances and misconceptions.

At Lighthouse Legal, our team is experienced in developing strategies to negotiate your financial settlement by exploring the range of options available to you. We advise you on what property arrangements would be considered fair and equitable, should the matter go to Court, and can refer you to our network of financial professionals for areas requiring specific expertise, to ensure you get the best outcome. We work closely with you to achieve an appropriate property settlement agreement as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

We can also advise you on alternative options such as Binding Financial Agreements and Binding Child Support Agreements.

PARENTING ARRANGEMENTS

We take a child-focused approach to ensure that you are fairly represented when it comes to resolving disputes about arrangements for your children. We are also equipped to deal with urgent parenting matters where a child needs to be recovered after being removed from their usual caregiver, or for restraining orders to prevent a child from being relocated without the consent of either parent.

Grandparents can also play an important role in a child’s life and we can advise you on where you stand if you are facing difficulties in spending time with your grandchildren.

DIVORCE & SEPERATION

When a marriage breaks down, it needs to be legally dissolved through an order of court. This Divorce is a separate legal process from dealing with the division of financial assets, parenting arrangements, spousal and child maintenance, and so on.

In Australia, there is only one ground by which you can prove that a marriage has broken down permanently: that you and your spouse have been separated for a period of at least 12 months. A couple may be considered to have separated even if they live under the same roof provided they have satisfied some requirements.

At Lighthouse Legal, we can assist you with reviewing your situation and advising if you have satisfied the requirements, as well as filing the application for you.

After the divorce application is submitted, a hearing date is set and, if your application is successful, your divorce order will be granted.

A defacto relationship begins without a marriage ceremony but defacto couples have almost the same rights as married couples, as well as the same responsibilities regarding finances and child care. There is no need for defacto couples to obtain an order for divorce when the relationship ends, but it is unwise if steps are not taken to legally finalise their financial or child custody arrangements.