As featured in MONTCO.TODAY’s “Ask a Real Lawyer”
Question: My friend told me to find a collaborative lawyer for my divorce. I am not really sure what that is. Can someone explain this to me and tell me if there are collaborative lawyers in Montgomery County?
Answer: Collaborative Divorce is a no court alternative to the traditional litigated divorce, child custody, property distribution, and support cases. Each spouse or partner retains a collaboratively trained family law attorney and then all of us sign a binding Collaborative Participation Agreement committing to not litigate and agreeing to resolve the issues in private meetings, held at one of the attorney’s offices, at a time convenient for the clients. We sit around a table, no matter how difficult, and work together cooperatively to reach amicable agreements. The process is driven by the clients so that the discussions consider the specific needs of each family member as well as the whole family.
As part of the promise to not litigate, there is also the promise that the parties will be honest and transparent and will voluntarily share all relevant and necessary financial and other documentation…