Collaborative Family Law

Are you and your spouse able to view your family law issue as a “problem to be solved” and not as a “competition to win?” Then Collaborative Law may be right for you! Collaborative Law is a legal process enabling couples who have decided to separate or end their marriage to work with lawyers and, on occasion, other family professionals in order to avoid the uncertain outcome of court and to achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of both parties and their children without the underlying threat of litigation.

Collaborative Law involves: 

  • Two attorneys, a neutral mental health professional, and often a neutral financial professional are involved.
  • Recommended use: low and high conflict parties can benefit from this path. The parties and their attorneys sign a contract Collaborative family lawcommitting to agree to all of the terms of divorce without resorting to litigation and going to court. The parties receive guidance and support from other neutral professionals. This option is efficient and holistic.
  • Effect on Co-parenting: The collaborative team helps the parties consciously make decisions that will facilitate their ability to communicate effectively and co-parent in the future.
  • Control: The parties make all of the decisions related to the divorce with the advice of legal counsel and other neutral professionals.
  • Timing: Discovery is focused, voluntary, and informal making this process is streamlined, and often times quicker than other options.