Collaborative Law is a new alternative to the common approaches of Litigation and Mediation. It provides a friendlier and relaxed environment to foster negotiation, cooperation, and respect.
1. You can voice your opinions and feelings freely. You will know that your interests, needs, and concerns have been heard and will be taken into account during the settlement.
2. Each party has more control over the outcome because the resolution comes through conversations between the parties with the involvement of each party’s lawyer.
3. You agree to a settlement based on cooperation and compromise between parties instead of a judge’s decision.
4. Collaborative law is generally less expensive than litigation.
5. There is less stress and uncertainty because you play an active role with guided assistance from your lawyer.
6. Although the speed at which an issue is resolved depends on the situation, the collaborative law process is more direct and efficient than regular court proceedings. You are not governed by a busy court schedule.
7. By focusing on overall concerns, rather than specific positions or grievances, there is a greater opportunity to obtain a settlement built on areas of agreement rather than continue the cycle of disagreement.
8. The goal of collaborative law is to keep the issue out of court. Once a couple has accepted a settlement, a legally binding agreement is written. Once the agreement is signed by both parties, the agreement is filed with the court for the judge’s approval. A judge will approve this agreement unless there is an indication of illegal behavior or another legal reason for denial.
9. You know that you and the other party worked together, with the assistance of legal professionals, to find a solution to your issue easier.
10. You never have to go to court.
The collaborative law process provides a structured procedure to work through differences and find a fair solution. The process goes beyond simply addressing legal issues and provides a better outlet to deal with emotional issues. The collaborative law process is a better approach to take especially if you have a family. Rather than displaying emotions and hostility in court, especially in front of your children and members of your community, you are able to resolve very personal conflicts in a private and friendlier environment.