Collaborative Family Law is an emerging area of law that allows
clients to settle family law cases such as divorce, separation,
parenting and other family law issues, without the devastating
effects of litigation.
a Collaborative Law case, each client is represented by an attorney
that practices Collaborative law. Clients and attorneys, as
well as any other needed professionals, sign a participation agreement
that lays out the process and all parties’ commitment to steering
clear of litigation. Everyone, the two attorneys and the two clients,
work together as a team to seek out options, sometimes creative ones,
which address the client’s interests and concerns.
Both clients share
all information regarding the case, voluntarily disclosing all information
needed to make a fair settlement, both clients make a good faith effort
to look for resolutions that meet all family members� needs, and all
parties agree to deal honestly and respectfully towards each other.
Essentially both clients are agreeing that they do not want a judge
to make the decisions in their case when they have the ability to
do it without court intervention.
FOUR WAY MEETINGS
the work in Collaborative law cases occurs in four-way meetings.
A Participation Agreement is signed by all parties at the first
meeting, at which time the parties can address immediate concerns
such as parenting, child support, bills, etc. Meetings are generally
about 2 hours in length, and are held about 3 weeks apart. The
Four-Way meetings continue until a full settlement has been reached.
COLLABORATIVE LAW PROFESSIONALS AND EXPERTS
Sometimes, as in
traditional family law cases, professionals are needed to address
certain issues such as finances, parenting, mental health, real estate,
etc. In Collaborative Family Law cases these professionals are used
on a joint basis to help the parties develop solutions based on their
professional expertise. This limits the cost of having
two professionals in the same area of expertise.
provides the clients with the opportunity to reach amicable resolutions,
increased understanding, and cooperation in parenting for the long-term.
To read more about Collaborative Law follow these Links:
Academy of Collaborative Professionals
If the Collaborative Law approach
doesn't sound right for you, then please visit our Family Law Page
learn more about the traditional Family Law services we provide.