Many people think Collaborative Law is useful only in cases where both parties are basically in agreement. They think that spouses or ex-spouses couldn't sit down and have civilized negotiations on sensitive child custody or financial issues.
Because couples get into arguments on their own, some think that Collaborative Law can't work in high conflict families or where there may have been infidelity or other misconduct.
Those people are wrong. The Collaborative Law process emphasizes looking forward and not blaming each other for past actions. That makes it a much better vehicle for resolution of significant issues of all kinds.
Also, where parties value privacy and controlling their own destiny, Collaborative is a much preferred alternative.
Here are some of the issues which can be effectively resolved with Collaborative Law:
Post-marital partition agreements
Division and sharing of parental rights, powers and duties
Visitation, including specialized schedules for certain occupations
Education expenses, from day care to pre-school to private school to college to graduate school
Alimony/ spousal maintenance
Complex property division issues
Break-up of same sex relationships
Modification of existing orders
Enforcement of existing orders
Health and life insurance issues
Special needs children
While this is not an exhaustive list, it does provide an indication of the broad range of issues that can be successfully navigated through the use of the Collaborative Law approach.
Contact the Price Law Firm if you would like more information.