The traditional legal system is designed to be adversarial – there are two sides fighting against each other, trying to “win.” While this system may work for many legal issues, it is often not effective when used for family law disputes such as divorce or child custody. Rather than there being a clear “winner” and “loser” both sides often walk away feeling as if they lost.
Collaborative law offers an alternative. Instead of trying to “beat the other side” parties work together to find solutions that are beneficial to the entire family.
What Is Collaborative Law
Collaborative law is a non-adversarial way to resolve legal disputes. Both parties must agree, upfront, to the process – including a signed agreement not to go to court. They then work together, with the help of their lawyers, to negotiate agreements that work for both sides.
What Are The Benefits Of Collaborative Law?
Collaborative law offers many benefits. Chief among them are:
- The ability to craft creative solutions that are unique to your family
- Maintaining control over the process, not handing the power to a judge
- Avoiding litigation often helps preserve parenting relationships
- The process is more efficient and cost-effective
- Knowing court is off the table reduces stress and anxiety
Collaborative Law Is Especially Beneficial When Minor Children Are Involved
Remember, even though your marriage has come to an end you will continue to be parents to your children. Children know what is going on – even if you try to shield them. Choosing a less litigious process helps reduce stress and make the divorce easier on you and your children.
To learn more about collaborative law and its benefits, consider contacting an attorney who is skilled in this process.