Collaborative practice emphasizes a non-adversarial, client-centered approach to family law and provides a legally binding alternative for those who seek to avoid contentious, courtroom confrontations.
During this rigorous process, individuals and their respective attorneys work together to craft mutually acceptable agreements related to separation, divorce, child custody and support, domestic partnership, and pre-nuptial contracts. At the onset of a collaborative law process, individuals and their attorneys agree to full and complete disclosure and free exchange of information. Experts to evaluate property or provide other information are retained jointly. All participants pledge to maintain confidentiality and work together, in good faith, until the process has reached resolution. This approach often reduces both the costs and time span typically associated with litigation and facilitates civility and co-parenting among former partners and spouses.
In the event that a party to the process opts to withdraw and instead pursue litigation, both attorneys who were involved in the process are disqualified from further participation and both parties must retain new counsel.
Attorneys who offer collaborative practice services must be specially trained and credentialed. At our firm, Rich Stumbar has completed the training and credentialing process. Throughout the firm, we draw on the concepts and principles underlying collaborative practice in all of our work -- from disputes among neighbors to small business and estate administration.
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