Is Collaborative Law Right for You?

Collaborative Law can be right for you and your family. You may want to consider a collaborative approach to your divorce or family law matter when:

  • You want a civilized, respectful resolution of the issues.
  • You want to keep open the possibility of friendship with your former partner down the road.
  • You and your former partner want to be co-parenting your child or children together and you want the best co-parenting relationship possible.
  • You want to protect your child or children from the harm associated with litigated dispute-resolution between parents.
  • You and your partner have a circle of friends and extended family in common that you both want to remain connected to.
  • You have ethical or spiritual beliefs that place high value on taking personal responsibility for handling conflicts with integrity.
  • You value privacy in your personal affairs and do not want details of your family restructuring to be available in the public court record.
  • You value control and autonomous decision-making and do not want to hand over decisions about restructuring your financial and/or child-rearing arrangements to a stranger (i.e., a judge)
  • You recognize the restricted range of outcomes and “rough justice” generally available in the public court system, and want a more creative and individualized range of choices available to you and your former partner for resolving your issues.
  • You place as much value on the relationships that will exist in your restructured family as you place on getting the most money for yourself.
  • You understand that conflict resolution with integrity involves achieving not only your own goals but finding a way to achieve the reasonable goals of the other person.