What Is Collaborative Law?
Collaborative family law is a rather new dispute resolution focused on preserving relationships post-marriage and on finding a settlement of the marital estate in a cooperative way. Collaborative law happens outside of the court system, allowing clients themselves to control the timeline and to keep negotiations private.
How Does It Work?
In collaborative law, a husband and wife in the midst of a divorce or separated parents involved in a child custody dispute agree that each one will hire his or her own attorney who is certified as a collaborative law practitioner. The Chicago collaborative law attorney, their clients, a collaborative law coach, and a financial specialist (if needed) then work together to come up with a solution to matters such as property division, support, or child custody.
Once this agreement is made, the parties file a petition and proposed marital settlement with the court and, if the court approves, the divorce could occur in 10 to 14 days. This approach requires a true commitment to the success of the collaborative method as the attorneys, coach, and all others associated with the process are disqualified from taking part in a contested divorce if the cooperative effort should fail.
To schedule a consultation with Chicago collaborative law attorney Van A. Schwab, contact the law firm.