Different than mediation and litigation, in collaborative law there are 2 attorneys, each representing one of the respective parties. The 2 attorneys and the 2 parties work together as a team to generate options for a mutually beneficial and acceptable settlement. The team often also includes coaches, therapists, or financial professionals to help the parties reach a mutually acceptable resolution. Ultimately, both clients agree to work together to resolve their case, rather than turning it over to a judge or mediator.
The key part about the collaborative law process is that both parties will sign an agreement at the beginning of the process committing to resolving the issues without litigation. If at anytime the case moves to litigation, the 2 collaborative attorneys will withdraw from the matter and will not litigate the case on behalf of the parties. This ensures that the attorneys truly collaborate during the collaborative process, rather than planning for ultimate litigation.
Attorney Audrey Stone at our office is collaborative law certified and would love to help you come to a collaborative resolution in your family law matter.
Collaborative law allows parties to prioritize their family’s well-being over conflict. It is a process that brings in team members from all different sectors to support the family during the dissolution of a marriage. Plus, it can be more cost-effective than traditional litigation.
Collaborative law is not an option if you and your spouse do not trust each other. Trust is a building block to the collaborative process.
Yes! Our attorney, Audrey Stone, completed Collaborative law training during the Fall of 2022. Not all attorneys are collaborative law trained. It is a specialized practice that requires training on the principles of Collaborative law.
No. One of the fundamentals of collaborative law is that in order to encourage full disclosure, participation, and collaboration throughout the process, collaborative attorneys will not represent their clients in court.
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