Collaborative Law

Shinehoft Law is a Toronto Collaborative Law Firm where working together provides a better outcome.

One of the most difficult parts of a divorce or separation is going to court. It can make a divorce longer, put a heavier financial burden on both parties, and be emotionally gruelling. There are, thankfully, other process options when it comes to family law, one being collaborative law.

Collaborative law is where divorcing or separating couples meet out of court with their collaborative family lawyers to resolve their issues. It allows a measure of creativity and freedom that the courtroom lacks. Collaborative law relies on open communication between parties with respect and disclosure being paramount in the process.

Elinor Shinehoft, along with having 15 years of legal experience, is a trained collaborative lawyer and a current member of Collaborative Practice Toronto. She will work with you and your spouse to resolve your divorce or other family law issues in an environment of respect and fairness.


Advantages to Collaborative Practice

You Are in Charge

Most people who go through separation or divorces feel like the entire process is out of their hands, and being left to the lawyers and the courtroom. With collaborative practice, you play an active and key role. Experienced collaborative family lawyers can help you negotiate straight across the table, leaving you in charge of the settlement decisions rather than a court, and ensuring that your interests and wishes are heard and taken into account.

Shorter Timeline

One of the greatest advantages to collaborative practice is that it tends to be shorter, and more cost-effective. With the help of your collaborative family lawyer, this process allows you to resolve your issues directly and with far more efficiency. You have more control over the speed of the process, and are able to prioritize which issues you want to deal with first.

Maintain the Best Possible Family Relationships

Nothing can tear a family apart like a litigious divorce or separation. Tempers can flare, frustrations can build, and by the end only the parties and their loved ones are hurt. Interest based negotiations, done in a collaborative setting allow you to maintain relationships ensuring the wellbeing of any children involved, and allow the parties to separate in a respectful manner.

Collaborative Law Practice - Family Law

Collaborative, not Combative

Trained collaborative lawyers and other professionals know how to work together to come to a mutually acceptable resolution. Teamwork is often the best method of problem-solving. By taking the collaborative law route in your divorce or separation, your lawyers can come up with a feasible and workable solution.


Court cases become part of the public record. A drawn-out divorce in a courtroom can be painfully revealing. In family law, your financial and personal information become relevant issues. Collaborative negotiations and settlement discussions are private, allowing you to keep all dignity and personal information from the public.

A Process Based on Respect

From beginning to end, collaborative practice is based on cooperation and respect of all parties. When you begin, you sign a participation agreement to be respectful to the other person and always act in good faith. Once you have come to an agreement, both parties sign a separation agreement, which is a binding contact that outlines the settled issues between the parties.

Working within the framework of collaborative law is often the best way to reach a mutually acceptable legal separation built on respect and teamwork. Keep your divorce from heading towards a combative and expensive courtroom battle by calling Collaborative Family Lawyer Elinor Shinehoft and her experienced team now.

Never lose sight of what is important; YOU!