Learn More About The Collaborative Process
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No single way of separating or divorcing is right for every couple ending their relationships or marriage. Many today are seeking an alternative to conventional divorce, paternity or the establishment of a parenting plan, one that minimizes the time, expense and hostility that are so often a part of family law. Collaborative Family law has been developed to provide individuals with a welcome alternative.
Collaborative Family Law is a process in which both parties and counsel commit themselves to resolve differences fairly, equitably, in a respectful manner without resort or threat of resort to the courts.
In recent years more and more family law attorneys and couples have been drawn to this process as a cost-efficient and respectful way of reaching agreements that work for both of the parties and their families.
Collaborative Family Law Cases are not your typical court-based, high-stress cases. In fact, it is meant to resolve your issues in a peaceful and respectful team-based approach:
The Collaborative team is a group of professionals, each skilled in their own area of expertise, working for the benefit of you, your spouse or other parent and your children. It is very much like a medical team in which different specialists focus on the care and needs of the patient.
The Collaborative team consists of:
Whereas conventional family law often involves exchanging demands and accusations, the Collaborative approach proceeds on the basis of mutual cooperation, respect and option building. Some characteristics of the Collaborative process include:
You and your spouse or the other parent are integral parts of the team. Collaborative lawyers view their professional obligations differently from litigation attorneys. Collaborative attorneys are not adversaries but are partners in the problem-solving process.
The Collaborative Attorney:
Collaborative lawyers are not hired guns. They do not threaten, insult, or focus on past wrongs or the negative. Your Collaborative attorney will encourage and support you to identify and achieve goals which will result in amicable settlement by:
A Collaborative Financial Professional:
Frequently one party in the family law case is less informed when it comes to the family finances. That party may react in a number of ways: terror, curiosity, feeling overwhelmed. When that is the case, it is essential to bring a Financial Neutral into the process. The Financial Neutral will be beneficial by presenting financial issues and information in an understandable, unbiased format. For the first time in their financial lives the parties may be able to look at their finances in a safe and non-threatening environment. The Financial Neutral will:
Collaborative Neutral Facilitator:
A Neutral Facilitator is a licensed Mental Health Professional with specialized training in the Collaborative process. Neutral Facilitators add expertise by way of facilitating helpful and healthful communication between the parties. In doing so, Neutral Facilitator:
Qualities to Seek:
Collaborative Family Law Issues are private and so despite many successes in helping people settle their issues we cannot publish their names because we appreciate and protect their privacy. However, if you seek a reference, there are other attorney's and professional team members that we have worked with that we would be glad to give you as a reference.