Collaborative law allows you to resolve a dispute without resorting to litigation, but with the added security of being represented by counsel. Typically, in a collaborative divorce case, each spouse has an attorney. In the course of one or more four-way meetings, the issues that are disputed can be put on the table and negotiated. Collaborative Law allows lawyers and clients to embrace resolution rather than prolong the conflict.
Unlike mediation, using the collaborative approach allows the client to go into caucus with his/her attorney and obtain legal advice on the spot. The lawyer is held to the highest standards in zealously and honestly representing the client in this negotiation process.
Attorney Margaret Cunnane Hall is a trained Collaborative Lawyer and a member of the Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire as well as the International Association of Collaborative Practice. Attorney Hall has completed several basic and advanced trainings, and has successfully and collaboratively resolved many divorce disputes.
In the last couple of years Collaborative Practice has begun expanding the areas of expertise available to meet the needs of divorcing partners. Counselors who are also trained with the lawyers can engage with the parties and address the emotional issues which are obvious and without denying the level of emotional distress the parties are in, help them through the practical divorce process while managing the emotional turmoil.
Of particular help too has been the introduction of financial experts also collaboratively trained. A good financial expert can take the parties' finances and simplify for the parties what their financial picture looks like pre- and post-divorce. A good financial person can help divorcing families make good money-saving decisions as they divide up their (sometimes limited) resources.
Collaborative Law requires a commitment to work together cooperatively to find mutually agreeable solutions. There is incentive to stick with the collaborative approach, since if either party wants to abandon the process and litigate, they are required to hire new counsel and start all over.
For more information on how collaborative law can help you,
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