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WHAT IS COLLABORATIVE LAW?

Collaborative law is a legal process where the collaborative professionals for the parties in a family dispute agree to assist them in resolving the conflict by using cooperative strategies rather than adversarial techniques and litigation. Early non adversarial participation by the attorneys allows them to use attributes of good lawyering not greatly utilized in the usual adversarial proceedings, namely use of analysis and reasoning to solve problems, generation of options and creation of a positive context for settlement.

Why Should We Consider Retaining
Collaborative Professionals

• This process is generally less costly than litigation.
• You are a vital part of the settlement team that consists of both parties, attorneys.  Parties may also utilize services of divorce coaches and a collaborative financial professional where appropriate.
• You are each supported by your collaborative professionals while you work cooperatively with your spouse in resolving your unique issues.
• The process minimizes the fear and anxiety that often accompanies divorce especially when there is a threat of court proceedings.
• Everyone can focus on settlement without the imminent threat of “going to Court.”
• The possibility exists that the participants can create a climate that facilitates “win-win” settlements.
• The proceeding is much less time consuming. It can be finalized within a short time following the parties reaching agreement,  rather than getting bogged down for many months waiting for a court date.
• You control the proceedings – your destiny is in your hands rather than in the hands of a third party (the courts).

How Do Collaborative Professionals Work?

While no two cases or collaborative professionals are alike, the emphasis in the approach is to find a way in which the professionals can work with the parties that will achieve a satisfactory settlement in an efficient, cooperative manner. In the interdisciplinary approach, parties have access to mental health professionals that act as divorce coaches trained in the collaborative process to assist the parties with emotional issues and communication problems that may arise during your divorce. Collaborative financial professional are also available to provide input in resolving financial issues such as support and property division in the most beneficial way. This team approach allows parties to obtain advice from the professional best equipped to address a particular issue in the most cost effective manner.

What Happens if A Settlement Cannot be Reached?

In the event the parties are unable to arrive at a settlement through the collaborative- law approach, the collaborative professionals withdraw from the case and the parties are free to retain trial attorneys to pursue their matter in Court. The result is that the parties will have had the best representation for each phase of their proceeding.