The first premise of collaborative law is that the majority of cases are settled out of court. Therefore, for collaborative lawyers, the explicit goal of partners who separate or divorce is to reach a settlement. As its name indicates, this practice requires that the parties and their lawyers collaborate.
The second premise falls back on the fact that since the majority of cases are settled out of court, why not start negotiating the issues from the very beginning.
Collaborative family law is a process of negotiation which involves four persons, the two parties who negotiate the terms of their divorce or separation and each of their collaborative lawyers who counsel them and assist them in their negotiations.
The four-way negotiations are always held in a spirit of collaboration. The goal of collaborative lawyers is to place as much importance on the discussions, exchanges and negotiations as on the settlement. If the negotiations fail, the collaborative lawyers withdraw from the file, and the spouses or partners shall retain lawyers for the litigation.
Spouses facing a divorce or separation, or partners facing a separation, may now consider Collaborative law as another option to negotiate an out of court settlement.