Collaborative Law Companion

By Neil Denny

Collaborative family law allows practitioners to manage the divorce process in a more dignified manner. Each separating spouse receives legal advice and practical guidance and, together with specially trained collaborative lawyers, can discuss and resolve issues through face-to-face meetings. The process can also involve other professionals (e.g. counselors and child/financial specialists) who help clients reach an agreement. Those who practice collaborative law recognize that it is far better for the parties to avoid the uncertainties of the court-based system and to reach their own solution rather than to have one imposed upon them, as will often happen in an adversarial process. A key part of the process is that collaborative lawyers sign an agreement with their client which disqualifies lawyers from representing these clients in court if the collaborative process breaks down. The disqualification agreement means that all the parties, including the lawyers, are attempting to achieve settlement without threatening, or being subject to the threat of, court proceedings when matters become difficult. Collaborative Law Companion provides clients, lawyers, and other collaborative professionals with a thorough understanding of the dynamics of the process and how they can be effective within it. It offers a source of great encouragement, comfort, and reference that can be returned to time and time again as the process progresses.

274 pages

Publication Date: 3/31/2011
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781846612503