Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law Explained

Collaborative Law is the fastest growing dispute resolution method available. It is practiced in every state and province in the United States and Canada, and in more than 25 other countries worldwide. Collaborative Law is an excellent option for couples who each want the assistance of an attorney, but also want a private process that allows the couple to work together to resolve disagreements and achieve mutually acceptable solutions. In Collaborative Law, two attorneys and two clients pledge to reach resolution without going to court or threatening to go to court.

Collaborative Law promotes improved communication and cooperation. This helps generate options and creates a positive setting for settlement while allowing the spouses to work together and create the most optimal outcome for the entire family.

The commitment to work together – even when it becomes difficult – increases the likelihood of achieving mutually acceptable resolutions for everyone in the family.

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The clients and their attorneys form a team. The team meets in a series of meetings, working together to reach agreement on the questions important to your family, such as spousal support and child custody. The attorneys guide the process and provide individual legal advice and support for their clients. Once your agreements are made, the lawyers prepare the legal documents required by the court.

For most families, multi-disciplinary Collaborative Law is an efficient and effective method of successfully completing the process. Social service professionals, called “coaches,” working with the clients individually or facilitating the settlement meetings, can help clients lean to manage the challenges of dissolving a marriage. In doing so, the coaches can assist parents to develop parenting plans and lean to co-parents successfully. Financial specialists, working as neutrals, can help the couple sort out complex financial issues and make sure each spouse fully understands the likely outcome of each option considered. In addition to the training and licensing required for each profession, all team members receive specialized training in non-adversarial dispute resolution.

Where needed, neutral outside professionals such as appraisers, pension experts and real estate specialists can be consulted and assist the team to understand the value of each families’ property.

Collaborative Law is internationally recognized as a viable, cost–effective alternative to the conventional court–based system of dispute resolution. To learn more click on the “C” logo above.

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