What is Collaborative Family Law?
The Collaborative Family Law Process is about cooperation, not confrontation. Collaborative Family Law lawyers receive additional training in the Collaborative Family Law process, mediations and interest based negotiation in order to help parties reach their own "best" resolution.
As Collaborative Family Law lawyers we help you and your spouse to find and focus on your common interests, understand each other's concerns, exchange information, explore a wide range of possible choices and reach solutions acceptable to both of you.
How does Collaborative Family Law Work?
You, your spouse and both collaborative lawyers sign a contract agreeing not to go to court. The Collaborative Family Law Process uses informal discussions and conferences to settle all issues. Once you and your spouse reach an agreement, we will help you to obtain any necessary court approval to finalize your agreement or divorce.
As your Collaborative Family Law lawyers we will:
- Advise you of the law.
- Discuss fees with you.
- Represent your interests, but will also listen to your spouse's interests. Your spouse's collaborative lawyer will represent your spouse's interests, but will also listen to you.
- Guide the Collaborative Family Law meetings.
- Be honest and respectful.
- Cooperate in sharing all factual information.
- Use clear language when speaking and writing.
- Manage emotional situations.
- Point out unreasonable expectations.
- Work hard to help you and your spouse reach an agreement.
Why should I consider Collaborative Family Law?
Collaborative Family Law offers an alternative to the traditional Family Law Litigation process. Some of the advantages of Collaborative Family Law are that:
- Both clients have skilled legal advisors at every stage of the process.
- Both Collaborative Family Law lawyers understand how to reach creative settlements.
- You are never on your own; your Collaborative Family Law lawyer is at your side, explaining issues and helping you to achieve goals by mutual participation and agreement.
- Both clients generally spend less money and time using the Collaborative Family Law Process as opposed to the traditional litigation process.
- The Collaborative Family Law lawyers are concerned about process as well as outcome. This allows the time necessary for both parties to feel that they have been heard and understood so that a constructive settlement can be reached.
- Clients and Collaborative Family Law lawyers work together as members of the settlement team, rather than working against each other as "opposing parties".
- Agreements reached through the Collaborative Family Law process tend to be followed more closely by the parties and need less "tweaking" in the future as both parties are able to customize the agreement to their particular situation during the Collaborative Family Law process.
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like more information about Collaborative Family Law