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Collaborative Divorce Q&A
  1. What is Collaborative Law?

    Collaborative Law is a distinctly empowering way to resolve disputes. It is a constructive way to create agreements that work for everyone involved.

  2. How does Collaborative Law differ from mediation?

    In mediation, two parties hire one mediator to facilitate discussion aimed at settlement. n collaborative law, both parties hire their own lawyers, or advocates, to work together openly and honestly to resolve the parties’ dispute. In contrast to mediation, collaborative lawyers do give their clients legal advice that will support them in crafting solutions. The two lawyers work as a team together with their clients to problem solve. The collaborative law process includes meetings between parties and their lawyers as well as “four-way meetings” during which everyone comes together to discuss solutions. Collaborative lawyers are not objective as a mediator, but rather involved and invested in finding a solution with integrity.

  3. How is Collaborative Law different from conventional courtroom litigation?

    Typically, conventional family law litigation lasts from 12-48 months, costs on average $20,000 per person, and fails to resolve all of the issues o the satisfaction of both parties (there is a 90% chance of post-agreement litigation of subsequent issues.) In contrast, the collaborative law process lasts 4-8 months, on average costs $4,000 with a les s than 5% of post-agreement litigation of subsequent issues. Clients typically finish the process having experienced a relative “win-win” rather than feeling completely devastated by the adversarial battle often found in conventional litigation.

  4. When is Collaborative Law not appropriate?

    Collaborative law may not be appropriate when there has been a history of violence, psychological abuse, or in cases involving alcohol or drug abuse. If the two parties are not willing to participate openly and honestly, the collaborative process will also not be appropriate or effective.

  5. What do Collaborative Law clients say about the collaborative process?

    Collaborative law patients often report that the process was one of cooperation and healing. Usually, the parties in a collaborative law oprocess ae very grateful to have avoided the destructive nature of conventional litigation.

  6. What if my client does not agree to proceed in the Collaborative process?

    Then you will have to take the conventional approach to resolving the dispute. However, that being said, when your client learns about the benefits of proceeding through the collaborative process, they may be interested in learning more through a four-way meeting to discuss the opportunity.

  7. What type of solutions can be created through the Collaborative process?

    This is the dynamic aspect of Collaborative Law. Thinking collaboratively, the parties can create agreements thinking “outside the box.” All parties have the freedom to custom tailor agreements to their lifestyle, and they can problem-solve without the pressure of a court hearing looming.

 

 

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