An innovative and new legal practice is exciting, but is the collaborative law process the right way to solve my issue? Collaborative law has been used to resolve many disputes in the Family Law context. Collaborative lawyers using this process have experience and resources to assist in resolving legal issues such as:
- Divorce, Legal Separation, or Annulment
- Property Division
- Division of Business Assets
- Child Custody/Parenting Plans
- Custody and Visitation Disputes
- Child Support
- Paternity Issues
- Spousal Support/Alimony
- Enforcement of Orders
The collaborative law process is a great option that you can use to resolve your particular situation. This process continues to be expanded to solve legal issues inside and outside of the family law context. Therefore, even if your issue is complicated with many different legal issues, collaborative lawyers are able to assist you to find a unique solution in an effective and efficient manner while respecting the emotional and personal aspects of your situation.
You should consider the Collaborative Law process if both you are willing to respectfully negotiate a settlement, understand the value of a solution that addresses the legitimate needs of both parties, and commit your time and energy toward problem solving rather than taking revenge. Both parties must be willing to share information in order to help build a trusting and respectful negotiation. As information is shared, there is a greater opportunity for problem solving and satisfying everyone’s interests and needs. As the negotiations expose different concerns, the parties are able to separate themselves from the problem. In this manner, both parties and their lawyers are able uncover similar values or interests in order to find an effective solution that fits the needs of both parties.
If you and your spouse take advantage of the collaborative law process, you will most likely save money on legal and court fees, protect your children and other family members from unnecessary emotional stress, come to an agreement that effectively addresses your needs, and work through a broken relationship with less negative feelings and a better attitude to move forward. This process is especially useful where continuing relationships is important.