AGREEING TO DISAGREE
Collaborative Law is a process whereby people involved in a family law dispute agree not to go to court. Attorneys that have expanded their practice to include collaborate law are typically trained as collaborative attorneys. At the onset, the parties sign an agreement that they will resolve their disputes without involving the court. By keeping the court system out of it, you retain more control over the terms of your divorce. The goal of a collaborative divorce is to help parties reach settlement terms while maintaining dignity and respect. This process is also a great way to avoid the high financial and emotional costs of litigation.
The collaborative process is most often used in divorce cases, but it is also used in paternity, and post-decree cases. The collaborative process can even be used after you have already participated in the court process. Collaborative Law is not the perfect fit for everyone. There are times when a case is not suited to Collaborative Law, or the collaborative process is not successful. In order to determine whether the collaborative process will be a good fit for you, you should consult an attorney.
More information about the collaborative process can be found at www.collaborativelaw.org.