Collaborative law is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that was devised as a way for divorcing spouses or individuals involved in a civil union dissolution to resolve important family/financial issues without the time, stress and expense of going to court.
The Collaborative Law Process
Under this approach, each party chooses a lawyer to represent him/her who is specially trained in the collaborative law process.
“Collaborative Law lets the divorcing spouses or individuals involved in a civil union dissolution decide important family/financial issues for themselves without court interference.”
The lawyers and the parties then sign an agreement in which they agree NOT to go to court to resolve their disputes. Rather, each party and his/her lawyer commit themselves to participate in a series of informal “four-way” meetings (both parties and their lawyers) in order to amicably settle these issues.
If Collaborative Law Doesn’t Work
If the four-way meetings do not solve the family/financial issues, then the agreeement requires each lawyer to stop representing his/her client. The parties then choose new lawyers and pursue their divorce or civil union dissolution through traditional court processes.
More Information About Collaborative Law
For more information on collaborative law in NH, please visit the website of The Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire: www.CollaborativeLawNH.org.