How does Collaborative Law differ from settlement in conventional litigation?

Many conventional family law matters settle “on the courthouse steps.” By that time, a great deal of money has been spent, and a great deal of emotional damage may have been done. Settlements reached under the threat of trial generally are molded by what the attorneys believe the court outcome will be. Under these conditions, which create considerable tension and anxiety, parties often are not able to consider innovative options that could be tailored to their specific needs.

Because the Collaborative Law process is focused on respectful, cooperative problem-solving, the settlement process is very different. It is more creative and individualized, less stressful and more satisfying than what occurs in most conventional settlement negotiations. The Collaborative Process also can take less time and may be less costly than a traditional court-based process.

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