Is Collaborative Law the Process for You?

Making the decision to divorce does not always equate to a battle in court. Trained collaborative law attorneys can review alternative dispute resolution options with you other than the traditional litigation route. In the past few years, the collaborative process has grown due in part to some very positive aspects of collaborative law, which may be a favorable option for you.

The collaborative process is a conscious choice to agree not to proceed through court and to resolve the conflict using a team of collaboratively trained professionals. The collaborative process is an interest-based team approach. Each collaborative law case has two collaboratively trained attorneys, representing his or her client. The team may consist of financial and mental health professional neutral coaches, both trained in collaborative law as well. In cases with complex custody matters, a child specialist may be a part of the team. The remaining members of the team work for the overall interest-based settlement, remaining neutral throughout the process and assisting in navigating emotions and financial options to reach both parties’ interests.

Calendar control is an advantageous part of the collaborative process. Collaborative law allows the clients to schedule meetings around their work schedule, personal life and other commitments, which may not be as easy to do with an order of court received with a hearing date.

The collaborative law process is a private process. Documents are not filed with the court other than the complaint and documents to finalize the divorce. Families with children involved often favor this process as well.

The above is a skeleton description of collaborative law advantages, which may fit a preferred route of conflict resolution options. To learn more about the collaborative process and other options available within alternative dispute resolution avenues, fill out our online contact form or call our office at (412) 471-9000.

About the Author

A partner at Pollock Begg, Stephanie L. Jablon holds a dual certification in mediation and collaborative law and works to swiftly resolve cases amicably for her clients. Stephanie is a case note author and has presented legal education workshops and lectures.

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