Who should use collaborative law?

Collaborative law is the answer for any client interested in resolving their case "outside of the system" in an amicable and respectful setting. Clients should consider it if they would like to keep open the possibility of friendship with their partner down the road, or if they will be co-parenting children together and want the best co-parenting relationship possible. Collaborative law is also for those who want to protect their children from the harm associated with litigation between parents.

Clients who value privacy in their personal affairs and do not want details of their family restructuring to be available in the public court record will appreciate the benefits of collaborative law. So will clients who value control and autonomous decision-making and do not want to hand over decisions about restructuring their financial and/or child-rearing arrangements to a third party; for example, a judge. Outcomes in the public court system are more restrictive, while the collaborative approach affords a great deal of freedom to creatively structure a resolution that works for both parties.

This process also provides a safe yet empowering environment for those clients who might be uncomfortable stating their position to the other party. Having an attorney at your side to support you, gather and interpret documents, and make appropriate referrals to accountants, financial planners, therapists or other experts as needed is likely to give the confidence that clients need to participate fully in decision-making. When one party appears to have more power or influence in the relationship, the collaborative approach helps achieve a balance of power.