Collaborative Law is a private process in which the parties and their attorneys, with the assistance of a case facilitator, all negotiate together in good faith to resolve all legal issues out of court. Once an agreement is reached, it may then be presented to the Court for approval. Collaborative Law can be very effective in divorce as well as many other family law disputes.
What is so unique and different about Collaborative Law?
- The Collaborative Law process is confidential — unlike court which is public. With Collaborative Law, everyone signs a confidentiality agreement
- Each client has their own collaboratively trained lawyer to advise them, and help protect his or her individual interests
- The lawyers are advocates not adversaries
- The attorneys and clients together explore ways in which both parties may attain their goals and have their legal needs met
- Both parties are involved in finding solutions that work for them, instead of leaving it up to a judge
- A collaboratively trained case facilitator or coach addresses emotional issues and keeps the process moving forward in a timely and professional manner
- If children are involved, the case facilitator may be able to meet with the parties without the lawyers to work on a parenting plan, which can keep legal costs down
- Collaborative Law encourages open and respectful negotiations, which may also help preserve family relationships even after the case is over
- Both parties agree to full financial disclosure which creates a positive environment for settlement of financial as well as other issues
- Because the process is more efficient, it is often faster and less costly than traditional litigation
Collaborative Divorce is a more respectful process which helps to maintain important family relationships, especially when children are involved. Collaborative Divorce tends to be faster and less costly than litigation because both spouses agree not to divorce in court .
For more information about Collaborative Law, please review our Frequently Asked Questions and our Resource page.