Role of the Collaborative Attorney
The Collaborative Attorney has been trained to handle conflicts such as divorce or other family law matters in a non-litigious manner fostering an atmosphere of mutual respect. Collaborative Attorneys help their clients negotiate in good faith and reach an agreement predicated on the clients’ unique goals and interests. The Collaborative Attorneys and other Collaborative Professionals work with both parties to cooperatively exchange relevant information, resulting in complete transparency.
In litigation, an attorney is not permitted to speak directly with the opposing party and frequently will not be completely transparent, as the litigation process is much more adversarial. However, in the Collaborative Process, the parties meet together and the attorney’s role is to help his or her client’s voice be heard. Collaborative Attorneys are specially trained to fashion win-win solutions which meet the reasonable needs of both parties.