Collaborative Process Overview
Collaborative Divorce is a form of alternative dispute resolution method that utilizes interest-based negotiation techniques. This helps parties parties reach an agreement respectfully and without the need for litigation. The collaborative method has as an important tenant that no participants, either the lawyers or clients, will threaten litigation during the pendency of the collaborative work. All efforts will be places on a resolution outside of court.
Other vital elements of the collaborative process include: identification of the goals and interests of the parties; full and complete disclosure of all necessary information; expeditious communications; the parties’ ability to make decisions on a equal playing field; confidentiality; and good faith negotiations.
Family attorneys, judges, and clients all praise collaborative law as a viable method for better meeting the needs of those involved in the divorce process outside of the courtroom. This process can help parties who have to co-parent after divorce by helping to ensure that there is not hostility after the matter is over. It can also help train parties to work with one another.
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