Collaborative Practice is a dispute resolution process for a people experiencing conflict in which both parties and counsel commit themselves to resolving their differences fairly and equitably without resort or threat of resort to the courts. It is a private, financially efficient and respectful way of negotiating agreements that work for you and your spouse.  Unlike mediation, where one attorney acts as a neutral, in Collaborative Practice both parties have their own attorney so you can feel confident that you have someone there to give you legal advice and help clarify your interests.  Unlike arbitration, the parties retain the right to make every final decision in their case.

Collaborative Law has become an increasingly popular choice because:

  • The adversarial judicial system is often ill-equipped to handle the emotionally charged process of dissolving a marriage.

  • Many divorcing couples want to avoid litigation, yet are distrustful and/or fearful of the mediation process.

  • The attorneys representing the parties in the Collaborative process agree to assist them to resolve the issues using cooperative strategies rather than adversarial techniques and litigation.

  • The Collaborative model differs from traditional representation in ways designed to create a positive context for settlement.

  • Lawyers practicing in the Collaborative process agree in advance to remove litigation as an option.

  • Collaborative attorneys do not use the threat of litigation as a negotiating tool.

Collaborative attorneys agree:

  • To disclose all relevant information voluntarily and transparently .

  • To use joint experts with respect to valuation questions.

  • To settle custody differences without subjecting either the parties or the children to court-ordered forensic evaluations

  • To focus their efforts and skills on creative problem solving and on obtaining win/win results which insofar as possible meet the interests of both parties and maximize the overall result.