test4 This process involves two attorneys, both practicing collaborative law, each representing a different spouse. The lawyers and their clients agree to avoid litigation by working together in an open discussion. The goal of this process is to reach consensus for resolution created and approved by both parties. The parties and counsel sign a contract agreeing to exchange financial and other necessary documents. The contract ensures that all parties are working constructively towards a fair resolution. The contract also states that, if for some reason an acceptable resolution cannot be reached, the attorneys working towards a collaborative solution cannot represent either party during litigation. New legal representation must be obtained. This agreement provides all parties with incentive to resolve the dispute through collaborative means.

The collaborative process involves open discussion with all the parties and counsel together. Typically, a collaborative agreement is reached over several sessions during which information is shared and issues are discussed. Once the parties and their counsel develop an agreement, it is reduced to writing, then reviewed by all parties and executed.

Collaborative Law Basics

Two Attorneys – each spouse is represented by his or her lawyer. Each attorney advocates on behalf of his or her client.
No Courtroom; Sessions held in attorneys’ offices.
Approximately 2-3 months from beginning of process to signed agreement, depending on issues involved.
Avoid litigation and create an acceptable and fair resolution for both parties.