(also called collaborative practice, divorce, or family law) is a legal process enabling couples who have decided to separate or end their marriage to work with their lawyers and, on occasion, other family professionals in order to avoid the uncertain outcome of court and to achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of both parties and their children without the underlying threat of contested litigation. The voluntary process is initiated when the couple signs a contract (called the “participation agreement”), binding each other to the process and disqualifying their respective lawyer’s right to represent either one in any future family related litigation.
The collaborative process can be used to facilitate a broad range of other family issues, including disputes between parents and the drawing up of pre and post-marital contracts. The traditional method of drawing up pre-marital contracts is oppositional, and many couples prefer to begin their married life on a better footing where documents are drawn up consensually and together.
You’ve lost that loving feeling. You don’t have to lose your respect, too.
If you’re separated or getting a divorce, you have a lot on your plate. You’re processing emotions, protecting your loved-ones, and trying to re-establish your life. The last thing you need is a contentious court battle that places an additional burden on your family.
Divorce never easy, but it doesn’t need to be a fight.
Collaborative law is the process of handling divorce respectfully and creatively―without stepping foot in a courtroom. In collaborative practice, couples, respective attorneys, and other professionals (child and financial specialists, divorce coaches, etc.) agree to work together to resolve issues and develop an agreement without court hearings. When you choose the collaborative approach, you’re choosing a non-adversarial way of getting divorced.
Divorce is both an ending and beginning: you’re dissolving a relationship and building a foundation for your future. If you lose your self-respect in the process, you lose something you can’t replace. Collaborative law preserves your dignity and self-respect, ensuring your new life starts on the right foot.