Rules For Collaborative Family Law
Collaborative law is a non-adversarial process that can enable divorcing couples to resolve issues out of court. It can reduce the emotional stress that accompanies divorce, keep legal costs reasonable and enable each party to focus on the future rather than on the past.
Some of the basic ground rules for the collaborative law process include the following:
Each party must commit to the process — The parties agree to approach the process in a cooperative way, and to freely express their concerns.
Each party has legal counsel — The attorneys for the parties participate in all sessions and provide advice when needed.
Free and open discussion — The parties and their attorneys meet in one or more sessions to discuss their differences and possible solutions. The goal will be to develop mutually acceptable solutions that can meet their needs and those of their children.
Outside specialists can participate — Other professionals with expertise in disciplines such as coaching, accounting and/or child psychology can be retained to provide insights and guidance.
Win-win outcomes are possible — Unlike litigation, or negotiation when one side holds an inherent advantage, collaborative law can produce outcomes that enable both parties to move forward without bitterness or resentment.
If the parties cannot reach an agreement — The process will stop and litigation will ensue. The lawyers who participate in the collaborative law process cannot represent their respective clients in subsequent litigation, and each party must obtain different attorney.
Collaborative law can provide many benefits, particularly in matters involving child custody/legal decision-making, visitation and parenting time. However, collaborative law is not appropriate in every case. DeShon Pullen can review your situation and recommend your best course of action.
Contact An Attorney
To schedule a consultation and discuss the benefits of collaborative law, contact DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, in Phoenix, Arizona.