Whenever a couple has decided that they need to go separate ways, going through the right legal procedures might seem overwhelming, and even confusing for some. There is alternative dispute resolution, litigation and other options available, but collaborative law is becoming quite popular– and there’s a good reason behind this.
Collaborative law, unlike litigation, allows both parties to end their relationship in a way that is respectful of the other. Family issues relating to custody, alimony, child support, property are settled privately without the necessity of presenting these issues in a pubic forum before a judge. This means that all private issues remain private, and become a public record.
Because of the cooperative and transparent nature of collaborative law, most clients have an opportunity to settle their differences and resolve conflicts in a private, transparent manner.
When choosing collaborative law, it is important that both parties contact a lawyer who is skilled and specifically trained for collaborative law. If you haven’t contacted a lawyer yet, you can start your search by filtering out all collaborative lawyers with extensive experience in the field. You may ask for recommendations from people that you trust, or you can scour the internet for a list of highly experienced lawyers that other people would recommend. The important thing is that you find someone who experienced and trained specifically in the collaborative process.