Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law is a unique process used to resolve family law and divorce disputes in a cooperative and respectful way. Both parties retain separate lawyers who help to settle the case. Collaborative law is a process of open communication between the parties and their respective lawyers. The participants agree to work together in a settlement-oriented manner. They agree to be respectful, honest and to participate in good faith to try to reach an agreement in a no conflict setting.

The process utilizes informal discovery, such as the voluntary exchange of documents and the use of agreed upon neutral experts. The lawyers assist the clients in determining the information both parties need in order to reach a settlement. This informal discovery can save time and money for the clients. The Collaborative Law process keeps the parties out of the courtroom and therefore minimizes the conflict and stress caused by having to litigate the issues in the case. The parties and lawyers work together to reach a solution, oftentimes more creative and custom made to the issues in the case and not a “cookie cutter” version from the courthouse.