The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) defines collaborative law practice as “…a voluntary dispute resolution process in which parties settle without resort to litigation.” The collaborative approach is used in family law to help people reduce the negative impacts of divorce on themselves and their families, especially children. Another benefit is saving money. Although the process does require both parties to retain attorneys trained in collaborative law, it is far less expensive than traditional litigation.
Jones Family Law Group, LLC has two attorneys trained in the collaborative law process. Here’s what collaborative law seeks to accomplish, how it works, and why it might be right for you.
According to the IACP, approximately 80% of couples who entered into a collaborative participation agreement were able to resolve their issues. A 2010 IACP Client experience survey showed that 75% of collaborative law clients were “extremely or somewhat satisfied” with the process.
To begin, both parties sign a collaborative participation agreement. This agreement defines the scope of the issues.
Although the benefits of a collaborative legal approach are many, it will not work for everyone. Collaboration requires a high degree of trust, communication, cooperation and a mutual desire to reach an agreement that is beneficial to all. Check out the IACP’s FAQs for more information.
Do you have questions about collaborative law, litigated divorce, mediated settlements, custody or other legal issues? With a combined 30 years in family law, the attorneys at Jones Family Law Group, LLC, will provide the legal guidance you need. For questions, or to schedule a confidential consultation, contact our team.
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