Collaborative Law Offers a No-Court Alternative
If your marriage is ending, you may feel overwhelmed. Collaborative Law (also called Collaborative Divorce or Collaborative Practice) is a structured process that provides an alternative to court. The Collaborative choice offers you the opportunity to focus on what is important to you, your family and your future.
Couples facing separation and divorce encounter many challenges — especially when children are involved. Parents must resolve important issues with significant thought to the after-effects. Collaborative Family Law provides a positive context in which to deal with these concerns without resorting to litigation.
The lawyers and clients sign a Participation Agreement which provides that if the parties are unable to reach a settlement, the lawyers will withdraw from the case and assist the clients in transitioning the case to trial attorneys. By establishing an open, cooperative environment, parties and their counsel can work toward a settlement that benefits everyone.
A Clients’ Paradigm, Not A Lawyer’s Web...
In order for a case to be Collaborative, there must be a signed Collaborative Agreement. If a lawyer tells you he or she can work "collaboratively" with your spouse's attorney, without the risks and rewards of the Collaborative Participation contract, it is not truly a Collaborative matter. Such a lawyer may be more concerned with preserving his or her opportunity to earn fees in litigation and this may be an impediment to the empowerment you can receive by utilization of the Collaborative Process.