Collaborative LawCollaborative law is a voluntary process that has grown out of the desire to find an alternative form of resolution to the courts when separating or divorcing. In Collaborative law cases, the parties attempt to reach a mutually acceptable settlement through a series of meetings or joint sessions, between the parties, their lawyers, and in many cases other neutral experts (e.g. mediators, financial advisors, specialist child psychologists, etc). Recent studies suggest a success or agreement rate of over 85%. The parties participating in this process agree to voluntarily disclose information to each other and cooperate in finding mutually acceptable solutions to the problems they are confronting. If an agreement is not possible and the parties decide to proceed to court, the original lawyers must withdraw from the case. Collaborative law has spread from family law to other areas and practitioners are now applying this process to other matters such as business, employment and personal injury cases.
Dial M for Mediation offer the services of a mediator who can act as the “neutral third party” in these cases.