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A constructive approach to the effective resolution of your divorce.
Many of us in the family law bar (and many family law judges, as well) have
long recognized the need for a system that would permit our clients to
effectively resolve their divorce issues without having to subject themselves to
the traumatic adversarial process on which our court system is based. This concern
has been echoed by professionals who deal with the consequences of divorce. The
adversarial process in divorce cases is something that most clients experience
as a hostile, wounding battle and an extreme invasion of privacy, a system which
rewards the person who is most willing to fight and to attempt to injure the
other even though the fight is also self-destructive. Even those willing to
fight do so primarily because they believe that they need to make the "best" use
of the tools that the system makes available to them if they are to survive
their divorce case in court.
Collaborative Family Law is a family law specialty which now enables us
to offer our clients an effective way to avoid going to court and all that the
adversarial process entails - threats, demands, court hearings and trials,
resources expended in battle and results which leave a residue of hurt, anger
and cynicism. Instead, our clients in Collaborative Family Law proceedings find
a civilized, respectful, positive and effective way to resolve the admittedly
difficult issue of divorce. They gain much in the process, not the least of
which is a settlement that they and their former spouse have designed for
themselves and which they have both endorsed as being appropriate for each of
Please look at the material here and on the other pages of
this site and call one of us for further information and a
consultation to determine whether the Collaborative Family Law process is a
suitable way for you and your spouse to find an effective
resolution without having to run the gauntlet of the adversarial court system.
Important features of the Collaborative Family Law process:
Private and Confidential
Since the proceedings are held in private, the details of an individual
case are not part of the public record.
Everyone can focus on settlement without the imminent threat, formality, and added
expense of court.
Each is supported and represented by their own lawyer and yet you
work collaboratively with your spouse and your spouse's lawyer in resolving
This non-adversarial process allows the two of your to be more creative than the
inflexible court process.
The atmosphere of integrity and full disclosure creates a climate that
makes win-win solutions more likely.
You are a vital part of the settlement team consisting of both parties
and both attorneys. You control the proceedings rather than being controlled
by a system that does not understand your needs, feelings and perceptions.
The Collaborative Family Law
procedure can be much less time consuming than litigation in the adversarial
A non-adversarial atmosphere
creates an environment for a more positive resolution for parents and
children, too. A major focus of the collaborative process is addressing the needs of the
children without exposing them to the detrimental court system. Children are protected.
Central to this process are meetings with selected legal, financial and mental health professionals
to resolve the issues presented by your family needs.
While no two cases, clients or
lawyers are alike, the emphasis in the approach is to find a way in which
the lawyers can work with the parties. This occurs in a conference room outside of the court.
Family Law Professionals Are Uniquely Trained
Collaborative Family Law Professionals are are uniquely trained family
law lawyers who have undergone a training program in
non-adversarial dispute resolution. They are taught to understand the
special needs of couples and families seeking an alternative means to
conflict resolution. Creative mediation techniques are employed and
sensitivity to personal and family needs are considered. When appropriate,
specialists such as family therapists, business and property appraisers, and
forensic accountants assist in the process to assure a satisfactory outcome
for all parties.