Collaborative Law or Collaborative Practice is a new way for you to resolve disputes respectfully -- without going to court -- while working with trained professionals who are important to all areas of your life. It is a voluntary dispute resolution process developed by a family lawyer disenchanted with traditional litigation. His goal was to preserve the integrity and dignity of families in conflict-and his process translates to civil and commercial law as well.
The heart of Collaborative Divorce (also called "no-court divorce," "divorce with dignity," "peaceful divorce") is to offer you and your spouse or partner the support, protection, and guidance of your own lawyers without going to court. Additionally, Collaborative Divorce allows you the benefit of child and financial specialists, divorce coaches and other professionals all working together on your team. Core elements form your contractual commitments, which are to:
Civil Collaborative Practice begins with something both sides can agree on: settlement by design. Disputes affecting business, partnerships, employment issues, medical malpractice, and probate and estate matters are financially and emotionally disruptive for everyone involved. Litigation often adds to the problems by creating entrenched positions, damaging or severing relationships, and imposing ineffective, unresponsive solutions. It doesn't have to be this way.
The goals of Civil Collaborative Practice are to:
"It was a positive process for me. I actually found the self-confidence to stand up for myself and verbalize my own needs."
"I was pleased that we were able to negotiate what felt fair to both of us."
"I was pleased that it actually cost less than I figured."
"Well, we can pay people to fight for each of us, or we can fight and pay people to referee, or we can work it out and pay people to help us. I'd rather do the last one!"