Imagine a divorce where both people leave feeling good about themselves.
Imagine custody without the conflict.
Too many people start a divorce or custody proceeding in conflict. Somewhere, someone did something wrong. But remember, you loved this person at one time... why do they now need to be your mortal enemy? Because attorneys love that. They make more money by getting you what you deserve. So you get told that you deserve, no, you NEED the house. You NEED every weekend and Christmas with your children. You NEED to punish your ex. And some attorneys will stir the pot trying to get as much out of you in fees as possible.
It doesn't have to be that way. In Collaborative Law, the parties sit down with specially trained attorneys and neutral experts as needed. Instead of punishing for past wrongs, you build bridges to the future. Collaborative Law doesn't concentrate on needs- it focuses on interests and goals. Instead of a judge picking a winner and loser, in Collaborative Law parties craft a resolution out of options that may leave both people feeling better.
Is Collaborative Law for everyone? No. But it is an option in a vast majority of cases.
But don't be fooled. Anyone can call themselves a Collaborative attorney. You need to make certain that they have the training to make them a true Collaborative professional. Ask where and when the attorney got her training. The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) suggests 12 hours of training- I received 18 hours of Inter-disciplinary training through IACP certified professionals with the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The true hallmark of a Collaborative attorney? They will have you sign an agreement that their representation will end if either party engages in any contested court proceeding. That means that they are as interested in solving things amicably as you are.
I offer a free 30 minute consultation regarding Collaborative Law and its processes. You can use the contact form on this website to set up an appointment.