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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Collaborative Law Divorce Lawyer - Collaborative Law Attorney - Thomas P. Finley

Collaborative Law Divorce Lawyer - Collaborative Law Attorney - Thomas P. Finley

Basic Description of Collaborative Law Divorce

Collaborative law divorce is different from the commonly known divorce in that the process is used to resolve disputes in which both clients retain separate lawyers whose only job is to help the clients settle their disputes.  The collaborative process encourages open communication between the clients and their respective lawyers.  Both the parties and the attorneys for the parties in the divorce agree to work together in a collaborative manner.  All participants, clients and lawyers, also agree to be respectful and honest and to participate in good faith to try to reach an agreement that will be in the interests of both parties.
Collaborative law divorce is unique from standard divorce litigation in that if the case does not settle in the collaborative process, the lawyers must withdraw and cannot participate in court proceedings.  The written agreement in the collaborative divorce process that the attorneys will not go to court allows both the attorneys and the clients to approach and reach a resolution of the divorce in different ways not usually considered in a standard divorce.   Another attractive feature of collaborative law divorce for many clients is the fact that the proceedings are conducted in private as opposed to the courthouse except for the final “prove-up” of the divorce. I recommend divorce clients to review the Comparisons of Litigation and Collaborative Law Process written by the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas.

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