What is Collaborative Law?
Collaborative Law is a process that enables parties involved in a dissolution of marriage and other family law matter,
each represented by counsel, to resolve their differences in a non-adversarial setting. The process operates in an
environment grounded in good faith, cooperation, integrity, honesty and professional ethics. The process enables the
parties to avoid the increasing hostility caused and encouraged by litigation and succeeds because the parties and
their counsel are committed to the process and incorporate reasonableness into achieving settlement.
How do Collaborative Family Lawyers Work?
The parties and their lawyers enter into a Participation Agreement wherein they agree that they
will work together to achieve a satisfactory settlement in a cooperative manner. The participants agree not to go to
court and to voluntarily disclose all relevant information. Settlement is accomplished through four-way conferences,
informal discussions, mediations and other non-litigation alternatives. Collaborative Family Lawyers expend their time
and effort toward settling your case instead of preparing for and conducting a trial. The result is less financial and
emotional cost to you and your family.
What Happens if Settlement Cannot be Reached?
If settlement cannot be achieved through the collaborative law process, or if one of the parties
becomes adversarial or insists that their lawyer act in any manner inconsistent with the terms of the Participation
Agreement or the principles of Collaborative Law, BOTH LAWYERS MUST WITHDRAW FROM THE CASE. The lawyers will assist
the parties in finding new counsel to pursue their cases in court and will work to create a smooth transition for
I am committed to the principle that the process of dissolving marriages and resolving other family law matters should
be non-adversarial and dignified and should enable clients to achieve a mutually agreeable settlement.