The Collaborative Law Model

Collaborative Law is a relatively new tool for lawyers to help their clients create resolutions to difficult situations out of court. A collaborative law agreement starts with the premise that the parties will not participate in a lawsuit.

Under the collaborative law concept, each party retains their own lawyer, but, unlike in traditional divorce matters, the lawyers and parties openly share information and resources in order to map out a process that works for everyone. Collaborative law is sometimes referred to as a multi-disciplinary approach, in the respect that the parties my require certain unique outside assistance not generally considered by the court. These may or may not include counselors and coaches brought in to help the parties overcome a particular issue, or develop skills to creatively approach problems that will arise in the future.

The collaborative model requires the parties to share resources of experts, like accountants, in order to devise future financial plans and create avenues for cooperation for future events, children and the things life brings about. The collaborative divorce model is predicated upon the idea that families should remain families, even if they are not married to one another.

Collaborative law is a limited representation model. In the event the parties are unable to come to agreement, they must seek new counsel and start the process over with a court case. Because of this limited representation, collaborative law is not always the best choice for every client.

Ask Jack Poisson about collaborative law in North Carolina and together you can decide if it is the best choice for you. If not, Jack is first and foremost a trial attorney, and can help you evaluate and manage any issues you may have with regard to divorce and your family’s future.

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