how does collaborative divorce work

Collaborative Law Works

Collaborative lawyers are trained to identify “problems” and to zealously pursue their client’s stated objectives and interests, just like other lawyers.

But Collaborative lawyers have additional training in how to reach solutions that don’t make one party a winner at the expense of making the other party a loser. In fact most litigation ends in some compromise. In litigation compromise can be the result of running out of time or running out of money, or it can be imposed on the parties by the Judge. Collaborative attorneys work as part of a team with clients and a facilitator to develop solutions that work for both parties.

Collaborative lawyers don’t spend time and money fighting each other in an effort to “win” for their client, a battle that can become one of “beating” the other lawyer. Instead Collaborative lawyers work together in the search for creative solutions that are balanced and fair to both clients.

Collaborative professionals have greater flexibility in shaping solutions than the courts do because:

  • Rather than using delay and frustration Collaborative lawyers work together with their clients and a trained facilitator at a table working through the issues in a stepwise fashion.
  • The results can be tested and require the approval of both parties before they become part of the parties settlement agreement.
  • The parties and the lawyers pledge that no one will go to court until the work is done and the parties have a satisfactory agreement, and then, only the agreement will go before a judge for review.