Collaborative law is an alternative approach to resolving legal disputes. In the collaborative process, the parties work with a team of professionals, rather than just their respective attorneys, and engage in a series of meetings to find solutions that best fit their interests. Ideally, it creates a safe environment for the parties to express, negotiate, and resolve their conflict without going to court. It is particularly useful in divorce cases, as it helps couples end their marriages with civility and respect by recognizing that even though the marriage is ending, the familial relationships and obligations will continue.

Collaborative Law Offers Many Benefits

Understanding the many benefits of the collaborative law process is very important. When going through a divorce, collaborative law can offer the following advantages:

  • Cost – Collaborative law can be more cost-effective than traditional litigation because the parties often work with the more affordable, non-attorney professionals to resolve their financial, parenting, and emotional issues before involving the attorneys in these matters.
  • Children – Parents often prefer collaborative law because it provides an environment that allows them to protect their children from the damaging effects of a highly contentious divorce. Many parties are able to preserve mutual respect for each other as parents through the collaborative process.
  • Control – In collaborative law, the parties control the outcome of their case. A judge or jury is not familiar with a family’s unique circumstances, and the litigation process cannot provide that opportunity.
  • Convenient – Parties arrange meetings with the professionals as needed and to fit their schedules.
  • Confidential – The collaborative process is confidential and private.

When is Collaborative Law a Good Option

While collaborative law can certainly offer many great advantages, it is not the right choice in every case. It may be a good fit for you if:

  • You want some control over the outcome of your case
  • You want a civil, respectful, and creative process to resolve your dispute
  • You recognize the importance of future relationships – even after a divorce
  • You want to protect your children from the potential harm that litigation can inflict
  • Alexandra is trained in collaborative law and can discuss this approach in more detail with those who are interested. If this is something you’d like to learn more about, please contact us.