Collaborative Law in MD, VA & DC
Are you ready to resolve your conflicts amicably?
Collaborative law involves a cooperative, voluntary, team-based process to resolve family disputes without the need to go to court. With the help of professionals in various disciplines, parties work together to create shared solutions to the dispute. It’s most often used to resolve issues related to divorce and other family matters such as premarital agreements, property division, alimony, child support, and child custody matters. This form of negotiation allows both parties resolve their legal differences through negotiation and compromise.
The collaborative law process puts you in charge.
With you and the other party responsible for all decision-making, you can develop the most fair and appropriate solutions for your unique situation. Collaborative law works to provide a foundation for cooperation and respect in the future as well as the present, which is particularly important when children are involved.
Another key benefit of the process is that it has the ability to bring in the help of family relations and financial specialists if needed. Throughout the collaborative law process, you and your spouse or former spouse have ultimate decision-making power, but you each have the protection of your own attorneys who can give you legal advice and advocate for balance and positive results. It provides an important step toward an amicable resolution of your dispute and establishes cooperative and respectful communication.
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Frequently Asked Questions on Collaborative Law
What is collaborative law?
Collaborative law is an alternative dispute process that can be used to resolve family matters out of court and with the assistance of a professional team. As part of the collaborative process, both parties retain their own attorneys. Both parties and their counsel sign a collaborative participation agreement that requires a commitment to transparency and to resolve matters out of court.
How can collaborative law help me with my divorce?
Collaborative law is:
- Faster – Disputes solved during collaborative law can be resolved in as fast as a few days.
- Cheaper – Making the decision to end a marriage is never an easy one; however, with collaborative law, that decision does not have break the bank.
- Private – Information shared during collaborative law sessions are private and held to a strict confidentiality code, unlike cases in the court.
Is a collaborative law better for children?
Divorce is difficult on children no matter the process; however, collaborative divorce can help ease the burden. Because it’s a very client-centered process, the needs of children are emphasized and prioritized in collaborative law.
Who can help me in the collaborative law process?
Aside from the individually hired attorneys, there are many trained professionals you can enlist to help you in the collaborative law process, including:
- Family relations specialists
- Child specialists
- Financial specialists
- Spiritual leaders
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