Collaborative Law

Collaborative Family Law In Pennsylvania

Collaborative law, an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to resolving issues involved in divorce, is yet another option open to couples who agree that a divorce is necessary, but are committed to an amicable resolution of the issues involved.

In the Collaborative approach, the parties sign a contract agreeing not to take the matter to court, but rather to make a good faith attempt to reach an agreement on all issues. The parties agree to fully disclose their assets to each other in meetings that involve the parties and their collaboratively-trained lawyers. If no agreement is reached, and a party decides to litigate, both attorneys must resign. An important part of the collaborative law process is the use

of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals to assist the parties as needed. This team includes experienced family law attorneys for each party, and may include (as needed and agreed) mental health professionals, a mutually agreed upon neutral financial advisor and a child/family counselor, all trained in collaborative divorce. For more information, visit: www.collaborativefamilylaw.com

Whether this approach will work for you is the initial question; it is not for every family. The collaborative law process works best for couples who are interested in a non-combative forum in which

both parties are willing to work cooperatively and openly towards reaching agreements out of court that focus on the interests of the entire family not only during, but also after the entry of a decree in divorce. You may also consider other forms of alternative conflict resolution, including arbitration and mediation.

Most divorcing spouses will have some disputes, even when they are generally in agreement about the divorce. Through the collaborative process, you and your spouse can work towards solutions involving asset division, property settlements, alimony and spousal support, child support, child custody and other marital issues. The collaborative process requires a full and fair disclosure of assets, liabilities and incomes as well as a candid discussion of all issues. An experienced collaborative attorney will protect your rights, your financial interests and the best interests of your children throughout the process.

If you are interested in exploring this approach, contact our office to arrange a consultation, either in person or by phone.