The traditional legal approach to many family law matters is adversarial and often highly contentious. The collaborative process seeks to provide a nonadversarial way for parties to resolve their issues by working together, often with the assistance of a team of professionals, to bring about a fair, efficient and comprehensive resolution of all issues.
One of the more important distinctions between the traditional and collaborative approach is that when parties agree to enter into the collaborative process, they are also agreeing to stay out of court. This means that if the collaborative process breaks down, none of the collaborative team members nor the parties’ respective collaborative attorneys can participate in any subsequent court proceeding.
This Approach Often Benefits Children
The collaborative process seeks to address both the legal and the emotional consequences inherent in most family law matters. As children are often the most adversely affected by contentious family law disputes, they are also typically the big winners of any successfully collaborated resolution.
When It’s Not Appropriate
Not every situation is suited to the collaborative law approach. The collaborative process requires honesty, good faith and the ability to work with others as part of a team. Both parties must be willing to use and embrace the collaborative process for it to work.
Contact Us For Assistance
To learn more about the collaborative process and how the attorneys at Berman Law Center, P.C., can assist you with it, schedule a consultation at Berman Law Center, P.C. Do not hesitate to contact our office by calling 503-715-2108, toll free 800-282-9288 or by completing our online contact form. We provide a free, 15-minute phone consultation, and, depending on the needs of our clients, we can offer off-hours meeting times.