How does collaborative law work?

While many areas of the law are good candidates for Collaborative Law, it is most commonly, at this time, used in Family Law cases.

Collaborative law begins with both parties retaining collaborative lawyers, and then signing a participation agreement. They then schedule a series of four-way meetings where the parties agree to provide full and fair disclosure of all relevant information. The collaborative team may also include divorce coaches for each party, a neutral financial expert, and a child therapist where it is appropriate. Basically, the collaborative lawyers are committed to finding ways to achieve settlement that will work best in your case. Their philosophy is that as much effort should be exerted toward settlement as is traditionally spent in preparation for and conducting a trial.