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Joining My Spouse/Ex-Spouse's Collaborative Divorce:
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  • Lawyers may or may not be involved
  • Objective, independent advice and role
  • May participate in negotiations
  • Goal is to reach settlement quickly
  • Focuses on what is important to the clients
  • Other party is a participant
  • Clients make the final decision
  • Success is measured by reaching a settlement that addresses issues – may not be a great outcome for everyone

Collaborative Law

  • Collaborative lawyers are hired
  • Lawyers work as a team
  • Advice tailored to unique situation of both parties – not positional, but group-focused
  • Lawyers guide process and negotiations, yet work with financial and psychological experts, if necessary, to address all issues of parties
  • Goal is to reach settlement, addressing each parties’ concerns
  • Other party is on the team
  • Clients make the final decisions
  • Success measured by reaching settlement that addresses issues – aim is for client involvement and creating solutions that meet each parties’ needs


  • Family law lawyers are hired
  • Parties may end up hiring a mediator, as required by law
  • Lawyers’ role is to prepare for trial
  • Lawyers handle all negotiations
  • Advice is provided about the law and precedence;  shapes positions, use legal authorities to guide process
  • Goal is to win, reach conclusion, and to maximize one over the other
  • Other party is adversary and opponent
  • Clients, lawyers, but mostly judges make the final decisions
  • Success is measured by winning and making sure party wins and gets what is wanted, to the exclusion of the other party’s interests




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