Collaborative Law in Australia: A Case Study of Family Lawyers in the Australian Capital Territory

Anne Ardagh

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Abstract

Collaborative law is a new form of lawyering being used in severaljurisdictions overseas as well as in Australia. It was introduced into Australiaby American trainers in 2005. No empirical studies have been undertaken inAustralia to test how well it is working, although a number of questions havebeen raised about its suitability, particularly in family law practice in Australia.This article is the result of research, including in-depth interviews withcollaborative practitioners, which investigated the use of collaborative law inthe Australian Capital Territory. Although collaborative law has waned in theAustralian Capital Territory there has been key learning in the legalcommunity and movement towards more consensual practices. Furtherinvestigation of collaborative law experiences in other jurisdictions in Australiais needed to guide public policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-150
Number of pages18
JournalFamily Law Review
Volume1
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

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