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Collaborative practice is about working together to settle disputes, without going to court.

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Family law — a different approach

Collaborative Practice helps families to work together to resolve parenting and financial issues without the need to go to court.

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Wills & Estates

Collaborative Practice means working with families to resolve estate or succession planning issues without ending up in court.

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What is Collaborative Practice?

Collaborative Practice is a way of settling disputes outside of courts. Participants are given legal, financial and emotional support by accredited professionals, enabling them to find fitting solutions while maintaining their important relationships.

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Family Law

Separating from a spouse is always a difficult process, which can be made much harder by a lengthy litigation process. Collaborative practice is ideally suited to helping families undergoing separation by removing many of the factors that make divorce such a trying time.

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Wills and Estates

Estate disputes that can arise after the loss of a family member are emotionally and financially difficult. The primary aim of the Collaborative Practice model in Wills and Estates is to help families resolve estate or succession planning issues without ending up in Court.

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The Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals Ltd (AACP) is a national organisation of professionals practicing legal, social, and financial services. The AACP supports its members through education, networking and providing resources while advocating for the use of collaborative practice in Australia.

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Latest News

October 24, 2023 Uncategorised

Congratulations to the newest additions to the AACP Board

Congratulations to Lynda McKie, Perpetua Kish and Joe Buckley who were elected to join the AACP Board for a 3-year term, at our recent AGM.  Congratulations also to long time Board members, Cassandra Pullos and Sue Abrams, who were elected for an additional 12-month term.  AACP’s Constitution (Clause 5.2) sets out the requirements for the…

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June 22, 2023 Blogs

Starting a regional practice group

By Melissa Matthews – Mediator | Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) | Collaborative Practitioner | Conflict Coach The People Our group was created when we attended a business training day with Clarissa Rayward in Orange, NSW. The purpose of the day was to spend some time individually focusing on our own business development. The result…

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Upcoming Training and Events


Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training, Sydney (3 day course face-to-face)

The College of Law, Sydney

Enhance your career and skills using the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice (ICP) model as either a lawyer, coach or expert consultant.

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Happy Lawyer, Happy Life – Introduction to Collaborative Practice in Family Law


This 6-week online program is designed to get participants implementing a bespoke legal process that provides value to clients & professionals alike

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