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Understanding the collaborative law process

The dissolution of a relationship is an emotional, life-changing time that is extremely difficult for all involved. In many cases, dealing with all that is involved when a relationship ends, results in confrontational conflicts that may sometimes seem impossible to resolve. Often there is arguing, fighting, and overall strife between the former partners. Thanks to the relatively new process of collaborative law, however, this doesn't have to be the case.

Collaborative law is, in simple terms, a procedure through which a dispute is resolved. With this system, all parties involved, with the representation of their separate attorneys who specialize in collaborative law, work together to talk through issues, often via conference calls involving all parties, to reach an amicable resolution. During these meetings, everyone works to address each party's concerns.

There may be some professionals consulted during the collaborative law process, such as divorce coaches, financial specialists and child specialists, who all work collaboratively to resolve issues such as spousal support, or child support. Often, in this type of procedure, settlement agreements are reached with much less stress and conflict, as would be the case with traditional litigation.

Collaborative law attorneys are specially trained in conflict resolution , which can be a very positive way to address concerns during divorce proceedings. There are several steps involved in a collaborative law procedure, beginning with the signing of a participant agreement, attending conferences, preparing documentation, and ending with filing the divorce case. A professional attorney with expertise in this area can walk you through the procedure step by step, for a more peaceful resolution at an already challenging time.

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