The definition of “Collaborative Law” according to Wikipedia is
Collaborative law, also known as collaborative practice, divorce or family law, is a legal process enabling couples who have decided to separate or end their marriage to work with their lawyers and, on occasion, other family professionals in order to avoid the uncertain outcome of court and to achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of both parties and their children without the underlying threat of litigation. The voluntary process is initiated when the couple signs a contract (a “participation agreement”) binding each other to the process and disqualifying their respective lawyer’s right to represent either one in any future family-related litigation. Read more here
Divorce when approached collaboratively means:
- All parties pledge not to go to court
- An honest exchange of information can be expected of both spouses
- A solution will be found taking into account the highest priorities of both adults and their children
The collaborative way is based on the premise of mutual respect. A couple may decide they may no longer wish to continue being married however divorce does not have to be contentious if both parties involved are willing to respect each other and come to an amenable resolution of the situation. By approaching the end of the marriage in a collaborative way and with respect parties committed to this approach usually benefit from a more productive and effective process and agreement.
At Walsh Legal, our goal is to make what is already a challenging time easier, and less stressful. To find out more about the collaborative law process please feel free to contact us by phone at: 410-494-4921.