Is Collaborative Law the best choice for me?

While it may not be right for every client (or every attorney), Collaborative Law is worth considering if some or all of these are true for you:

  • You want a civilized, respectful resolution of the issues.
  • You would like to keep open the possibility of friendship with your partner in the future.
  • You and your partner will be co-parenting children, and you want a positive co-parenting relationship.
  • You want to protect your children from the harm associated with litigation.
  • You and your partner have friends and extended family with whom you both want to remain connected.
  • You have ethical or spiritual beliefs that place high value on taking personal responsibility for handling conflicts with integrity.
  • You value privacy in your personal affairs and do not want details of your family restructuring to be available in the public court record.
  • You value control and autonomous decision-making and do not want to allow a stranger (i.e., a master or judge) to make decisions about restructuring your financial and/or parenting arrangements.
  • You recognize the restricted range of outcomes generally available in the court system and want more creative, individualized choices for resolving your issues.
  • You place as much value on the relationships that will exist in your restructured family situation as you place on obtaining the maximum amount of money for yourself.
  • You understand that conflict resolution with integrity involves finding a way to achieve the reasonable goals of the other person as well as achieving your own goals.

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