Collaborative Law is a family law dispute resolution model. Both parties to the divorce hire separate, specially trained Lawyers whose job it is to help them settle the case. If the Lawyers do not succeed in helping the clients resolve the issues the Lawyers cannot represent either client against the other in Court proceedings. All participants agree to work together respectfully, honestly, and in good faith in a series of round table meetings to try to find comprehensive solutions to the needs of both parties and any children. Four creative minds work together to devise individualized settlement scenarios rather than asking a judge to decide how matters will be resolved. The process prohibits either party from making threats to go to court. If either party does insist on going to court, both parties need to instruct new solicitors.
The benefits of the process are transparency and heightened trust. It is possible, using the Collaborative Law method, to keep talking to one another as you go through the process of separating. This can be of great help when parties want to retain a workable relationship after separation.