Handling family issues requires patience, finesse and mutual respect if relationships are to remain amiable following a disagreement. Sometimes issues within the family can become so heated or complicated that they escalate into situations where going to court sounds like the most reasonable method of settling the complication. But before deciding to go to court, it may be a wise decision to consider settling family issues by employing collaborative family law.
Collaborative family law is a relatively new law approach used to settle disagreements within the family that oftentimes relate to divorce or child custody arrangements. As a part of alternative dispute resolution, collaborative family law is a legal process by which couples who want to end their marriages can do so in a manner that sidesteps going to court. Further, collaborative family law is a voluntary process that enables the parties involved to work alongside their attorneys to come up with a settlement agreement that is most favorable for everyone. This process can apply to areas other than divorce, including guardianship and probate. It’s important to note that if collaborative family law does not help the feuding parties come to an agreeable solution, the process comes to a close, and the attorneys helping with the process are banned from any further involvement in the matter.
Collaborative family law can be a beneficial process for all parties involved in a familial disagreement, especially if they are willing to compromise, listen and talk things out. Some of the most noteworthy benefits of collaborative family law are:
If you’re interested in avoiding going to court for your family issue, consider contacting one of our family attorneys who specializes in collaborative family law.