Collaborative Family Law

Collaborative Family Law

We work with separating couples and their family law lawyers in a collaborative setting where financial professionals are required. Specifically, we are jointly retained to provide independent expert business and stock option valuations for Net Family Property (NFP) determinations for equalization purposes. We also provide income assessments for spousal and child support purposes.

Collaborative Family Law (also called Collaborative Practice or Collaborative Divorce) is an out-of-court settlement process for separating spouses that strives to preserve the emotional and financial resources of the family. This non-adversarial approach is mutually respectful and solutions-oriented. Spouses work together on the issues with their lawyers present for guidance and advice. In addition, the couple can draw upon neutral experts to help them, such as financial professionals, child specialists and family professionals.

Jason Kwiatkowski, CA, CBV, ASA, CEPA has completed level I & II training with the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation (OCLF) ( and is a member with the York Collaborative Practice ( and the Collaborative Practice Durham Region (

Call a VSP professional when you need financial assistance with the following:

  • Business and stock option valuations for Net Family Property (NFP) determination
  • Income assessment for spousal and child support purposes
  • Assistance with structuring the equalization payment


The Process

A summary of the process we typically follow with our litigation support matters is as follows:

Planning Phase
Execution Phase
Reporting Phase
  1. Initial meeting to discuss background information, scope and timing of engagement
  2. Obtain signed engagement letter
  3. Provide preliminary information request
  4. Conduct preliminary research
  1. Assist with document production
  2. Review and analysis of preliminary information received
  3. Additional research – company, industry, etc.
  4. Additional information gathering, including follow-up meeting/interview of management
  5. Preparation of draft report
  1. Meeting to discuss preliminary findings and draft report
  2. Refine analysis and, if necessary, gather additional information
  3. Obtain signed representation letter
  4. Issue final report

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