Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What is the purpose of collaborative law?

The purpose of collaborative law is to resolve a dispute in a manner that is beneficial to all concerned. The parties and their lawyers voluntarily agree to cooperate honestly and in good faith to develop options and possible solutions.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

How does Collaborative Law help?

Collaborative Law is a voluntary dispute resolution process originally developed by a family law attorney who had become disenchanted with the traditional style of litigation. Often court battles became so bitter and destructive that wounds between the parties never healed. In an effort to alleviate the emotional scars and financial hardships of divorcing couples, the collaborative process was born. Collaborative law aims to preserve the dignity and relationships of individuals involved in divorce or other family-related litigation. After all, they may still have to communicate on parenting and other issues in the future.

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Sunday, June 07, 2009

How does collaborative law work?

The way collaborative law works is:

• The process is voluntary and everyone has to agree to use Collaborative Law. Each person hires a lawyer trained in the collaborative dispute resolution process.

• All participants and their lawyers sign a Participation Agreement and then prepare a schedule for “face to face” meetings. Each meeting follows an agenda and is attended by the parties and their attorneys. Unless all parties agree otherwise, only topics on the agenda are discussed. The agenda helps keep the discussions on track and helps to minimize surprise and emotional issues. Each person has the opportunity to express that party’s complaints, explain any concerns, and listen to the complaints and concerns of the other people involved.

• The Participation Agreement provides that all sides will exchange all necessary information which is in their possession or control. They also agree that they will not make unnecessary and expensive discovery requests from the other parties.

• The participants agree to seek an expert opinion regarding a fact or issue, or they may elect to mediate or arbitrate an issue of the dispute.

• If at any time during the process a person decides not to continue participating, the collaborative lawyers must withdraw, and the parties continue their case in court with new attorneys.

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Friday, June 05, 2009

What is Collaborative Law?

Collaborative Law is a process for resolving legal disputes. All parties and their separate lawyers agree to keep the case out of court and to exchange information that pertains to the dispute. A court or judge only gets involved to sign the divorce decree and other documents that the parties have agreed upon.

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