Avoiding Conflict Through Collaborative Divorce
Collaborative law is an alternative to litigation (which typically places lawyers, plaintiffs, and defendants in adversarial postures). Although aggressive advocacy may be appropriate in some criminal or civil cases, it is not appropriate for families in transition. First, a collaborative contract is signed, requiring parties to resolve their differences without going to court. Then, a team of collaboratively-trained professionals partners with the clients, to develop an agreement that is psychologically reasonable and legally sound. When an agreement is reached, it is signed and taken to the court for final disposition. If any client decides to file a complaint with the court before the process is completed, the collaborative team will be dissolved.
I handle a significant number of Collaborative Divorce matters and is a big proponent of this method of dealing with a divorce.