Collaborative Law is a process that promotes a client controlled and family oriented outcome.
When clients choose collaborative law, each party to a legal matter hires their own collaborative law attorney. In so doing, all parties and counsel commit to the process of obtaining a client controlled result that benefits all family members and all parties involved. Collaborative negotiations take place in a series of meetings where all parties and their attorneys participate. Before each meeting, an agenda is set so that everyone is prepared to discuss the selected issues.
There are times when other collaborative law professionals such as financial planners, child specialists, and divorce coaches participate in the meetings in order to help parties create a positive outcome for everyone involved. A Mental Health Professional usually participates in the collaborative process as a neutral collaborator who serves as a case manager to move the process along in an appropriate, caring, committed and cost effective manner.