The Collaborative Process is a non-adversarial option for individuals to resolve most family law related matters. Although the concept of collaborative law is not new and it is a prevalent practice throughout the world, many individuals are unaware that this option exists or what the benefits of partaking in this process are. Below are some characteristics of this process that individuals should consider before embarking on a family case.
Convenient: Tradition litigation involves court appearances during regular work and business hours oftentimes requiring individuals to be at the mercy of the Judge’s schedule and availability. The Collaborative Process offers individuals more control and allows them to better accommodate their families’ particular needs and preferences.
Expeditious: Rather than submitting to the time-consuming aspects of traditional litigation, families take part in team meetings that create an effective environment conducive to resolving cases efficiently and usually quicker than traditional Court litigation which is often drawn out. However, should individuals desire to hit the pause button or slow down the process for whatever reason, this is an option in the collaborative process. The same is not the case in traditional litigation. Often times, once a case has been on a judge’s docket for a certain length of time, the Judge at his or her discretion may decide to demand the case move along otherwise the judge can dismiss the case for lack of activity.
Reduced Stress: The collaborative process affords families the opportunity to choose a more holistic approach to resolving their case. One that not only provides families with more control over every aspect of their case but also affords families peace of mind and the opportunity to resolve their case in a transparent and non-adversarial setting rather than in Court. This setting benefits families because it opens lines of communication that perhaps were non-existent previously and this is occurring with the assistance and in the presence of professional team members such as a mental health professional. This aspect of the Collaborative Process allows for the facilitation of difficult topics that can now take place in the form of a conversation rather than a confrontation. Naturally, this lessens the anxiety and stress that is often associated with handling legal family law matters in court.
Less costly: Traditional litigation involves the preparation of various pleadings and attending court hearings that do not always result in progress being made on a case. The Collaborative Process eliminates the need for a long, and at times, vexatious litigation process. This allows individuals to spend their retainer on meetings and events that result in substantial progress being made in their case and ultimately saves families money while getting them to resolve their case more efficiently.
The attorneys at Evan H. Baron & Associates have gone through extensive additional training in the Collaborative Divorce Process. This training greatly improves the success rate, making us highly qualified to assist anyone interested in this option. If you or anyone you know is interested in the collaborative process and would like more information on how to get started, please contact our office.