When a family is divorcing, they can choose to go the typical route–litigation–or an increasingly common alternative–mediation. In addition to those more traditional choices, couples now have the option of what’s been come to be known as the “collaborative process.”
In the collaborative law model (also known as Collaborative Practice), each client hires a collaboratively-trained attorney. Clients and their attorneys sit down together for four-way meetings structured with the goals of fair dealing and transparent negotiating. The parties and their attorneys articulate the underlying goals and interests of the divorcing parties and strive to reach those goals in order to create a fair and reasonable separation agreement.
There are several keys, in my view, to a successful collaborative law situation. Together, all of these requirements comprise the total “collaborative commitment.”