why should I use collaborative lawyers?
What can seem tricky to some couples is the idea that they both have a collaborative lawyer – because it only works if both of you are using collaborative lawyers – all sitting around working together to find the best solutions. But this is what happens in mediation too so it is a very good way to resolve or avoid any potential conflict.
Another advantage is that you can include other professionals in the sessions. I know of a couple who resolved their divorce disputes by each having a divorce coach in the sessions with them for emotional support. Mediators and financial advisors can also be included for their specialist knowledge and skills.
The down side is that this can all add up in the costs. However, the likelihood of staying out of court because of finding a non-adversarial route through a potentially contentious divorce, can make such initial outgoings an investment.
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Collaborative Law came over from the States. Here is a video about the process following an American couple through the process. Well worth watching. It is a Canadian film but the process is the collaborative process is the same throughout the world.