At Goldfried Law, we focus on assisting individuals who are experiencing family related
difficulties to resolve their problems in a manner that is least disruptive to their
lives. We help parties develop innovative and practical solutions for a variety of
family related issues.
Areas of Practice:
Charlotte practices Collaborative Family Law which is a co-operative approach to
negotiating and settling family related issues and disputes. There are some important
differences between the collaborative and traditional approach:
Both parties agree to stay out of court.
Both parties voluntarily exchange information.
There is a commitment to co-operate and be respectful.
The focus is on crafting solutions that consider both parties and their children.
The sole objective is to reach an efficient, fair and comprehensive settlement of
During the collaborative approach, the parties and their lawyers participate in four
way meetings. They are often supported throughout the process by an interdisciplinary
team, which may include:
Family Professionals, who provide support with emotional issues and assistance in
managing conflict and improving communication. Family Professionals also assist in
the development of co-parenting strategies and parenting plans.
Financial Specialists who help gather and explain financial information and create
future financial projections which assist in determining settlement options.
The Collaborative Approach has Many Benefits:
The parties work together to find viable solutions that are situation specific.
The process is less stressful for the children because there is less animosity between
The parties have control of the process and the outcome.
The process is generally less costly and more efficient than litigation.
How is Mediation Different from Collaboration?
In mediation, the parties use a neutral mediator who assists them in negotiating
and settling issues. The mediator cannot provide legal advice or advocate for either
party. When the parties reach an agreement, the mediator creates a Memorandum of
Understanding, which is a document that must be reviewed and edited by each party’s
Goldfried Law is a Member of Collaborative Practice Toronto (CPT)
To learn more about collaborative family law, please visit the CPT website.