Collaborative law

Collaborative law is a dispute resolution process in which the former couple and their lawyers enter into a contract to resolve their family law issues without going to court.

The contract stipulates that if either of the parties begin court action, then both lawyers must withdraw. They cannot act for their clients in litigation. This means that everyone has an incentive to try to resolve problems and to work together to find solutions.

Usually, collaborative law involves “roundtable” meetings in which the parties and their lawyers try to negotiate solutions to the various issues in dispute. The meetings might also involve other professional advisers such as accountants or child psychologists.

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Lawyers who engage in collaborative family law have usually done some special training. You can easily find collaborative lawyers in your area by searching under “collaborative family law” on the internet.