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Collaborative Law- A Team Approach

You’re interested in a better way to solve your family law matter without litigation, now what does it mean?  Who is involved?  Who is the team?

Collaborative Family Law is a completely difference approach to resolving legal issues than the litigation model. 

It’s a team approach.

Family Law Collaborative of the San Juans, a group of attorneys and professionals who practice Collaborative Family Law

Family Law Collaborative of the San Juans, a group of attorneys and professionals who practice Collaborative Family Law

 In the collaborative model, each person is represented by an attorney.  Your attorney will represent your wishes and advocate for you.  Your attorney will also work with the other lawyer and the Collaborative Process Facilitator (CPF) to work toward the common goal of gaining a the best solution to your family law issue.  This is vastly different from the litigation model, where the attorney will have little to no information before any meetings and frequently any meetings are adversarial.  Attorneys in the collaborative model are specifically trained in the process and have specilized skills in working through complex issues without resorting to the court process.  Your attorney will give you legal advice, while also working with the other party’s attorney to help you reach a sustainable settlement.

The CPF is an integral part of your team in the collaborative approach.  This person, who is sometimes an attorney or a trained mental health professional, or both, will facilitate the entire process and keep your matter on track.  The CPF will use their communication skills to help you work through all the issues before your family.  They are not ‘mediating’ for you but rather guiding and assisting you in working through all the issues toward a beneficial outcome.  They will asssit you in learning what your underlying goals are and help you achieve what is best for your children and family.

Financial specialists are used in cases involving assets, debt, and other financial issues.  These professionals will gather information from both parties.  They will then outline and explain all the various options you have for reaching a fair settlement of assets and debt.

A Mental Health Professional is sometimes an invaluable asset to a Collaborative Family Law case.  These experts will help you and the other party see how the outcomes will effect the children, and they can help you and the other party gain valuable co-parenting insight and skills.  An MHP can also recommend parenting schedules that they believe may be in the children’s best interests. 

All this without having to step foot into court! 

Imagine how much better your family matter can be resolved by having so many team members working for you and the other party, all with the same goal: to acheive a lasting agreement outside of court.

Want to learn more? Contact me!

- Rachel Brock