Collaborative Divorce Law
Exactly what is collaborative law?
Answer: It is a revolutionary new way of dealing with legal disputes. It is not limited to any area of practice but it is clearly rooted in family law. Collaborative law is focused entirely upon settlement which is its only priority and goal. As a matter of fact, collaborative law prohibits the spouses and their attorneys from using the court system (except for routine processing of agreed papers). COLLABORATIVE … [Read more…]
It softens the divorce experience. It engenders a sense of safety instead of fear. It insulates the children from the dispute. It generally saves the parties some 50% – 80% in attorney fees. It’s much quicker. Most people require three to seven 4-way meetings. The spouses do not engage in expensive legal proceedings just to obtain financial information from each other. Neither spouse is forced to accept a … [Read more…]
Collaborative divorce is not an option for every divorce, but when it is, it has a wide range of benefits. Some divorces involve too many battles to be resolved amiably, therefore requiring divorce court. But for everyone else, this form of divorce is highly recommended. Collaborative divorce allows each spouse, their lawyers and a mediator to come to an agreement without ever stepping foot in the courtroom. This includes settling property, assets, financial arrangements and … [Read more…]
In a collaborative divorce the spouses who are divorcing, along with their team — which may consist of an attorney for each spouse, perhaps an attorney for the child, and other professionals that they choose such as a divorce coach or counselor — work together to [Read more…]
At its core, a collaborative divorce is a way to get a divorce without going into a litigious, long, drawn-out divorce process, and only works when spouses are able to work out an agreement on their own with the help of a [Read More…]
Collaborative law is our newest dispute resolution model. It is not limited to any area of practice but is clearly rooted in family law. It is midway between mediation and litigation in the dispute resolution continuum.
The most essential of collaborative family law is that the divorcing parties and their respective counsel enter into a four-way agreement to use their energies to settle the case without court intervention. If an agreement cannot be reached, the lawyers are mandated to withdraw and the litigants… [Read more…]
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