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 between the two of you”? 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 mental health professional and often a financial neutral are involved
- Recommended use: low and high conflict parties can benefit from this path. The parties and their attorneys sign a contract committing to agree to all the terms of divorce without 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 facility their ability to co-parent later
- Control: The parties make all of their decisions related to the divorce with the advice of legal counsel and other professionals.
- Timing: Discovery is focused, voluntary, and informal making this process is streamlined.