How an attorney fits in to the collaborative process

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Family Law on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

If you are struggling with a family legal matter, you are likely reading a lot about collaboration. This approach to dispute resolution is one that has been growing in popularity in recent years. For anyone who might be unfamiliar with the term, collaborative law allows two parties to work together to resolve certain issues rather than pitting them against each other in litigation.

Because of how much input and control you have in resolving your own issues in the collaborative process, you might be wondering what, then, an attorney does in this situation.

There are a few different roles an attorney can play when it comes to collaborative law.

  1. Leader: You are likely going through a divorce or child custody dispute for the first time. This means that you may not know what to expect or how to plan ahead. An attorney who is familiar with collaborative law will be able to help you navigate the process more easily.
  2. Teacher: Knowing your options and your rights can help you make concessions or requests without hindering the results of collaboration. Your attorney should be able to inform you of what the law says and which decisions and methods can help you reach your desired outcome.
  3. Support system: Even if you and the other party are amicable, resolving any family legal matter has the potential to be enormously stressful. Having an attorney by your side can provide the support you need to address and resolve difficult issues with less anxiety.

family legal matter The attorneys at our firm have experience in collaborative law and are prepared to fill these and other roles that can prove to be critical when you are dealing with a complicated, stressful . For more information on how we may be able to help you, please visit our website.