What is Collaborative Family Law?


Collaborative Family Law

The process creates a constructive and respectful environment to resolve disputes in private and in a manner that focuses on each person's needs, essentially putting control of the outcome in the participants' hands.

This type of alternative dispute resolution process coordinates and fosters the cooperation of all persons involved to eliminate the negative economic and emotional consequences of litigation.


The Goal

The goal of the Collaborative Law Process is to maximize settlement options and increase effective communication between participants while reducing unnecessary conflict and prolonged disputes. 

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How Collaborative Law Works

The collaborative process focuses on the goals, interests, and concerns of the clients. The focus is on meeting as many of those goals, interests, and concerns of each client as possible. There is a structured process that we follow to get the clients a final resolution:

  1. Develop the goals, interests, and concerns of the clients and their family;
  2. Determine the issues that require resolution;
  3. Gather all information necessary to make decisions;
  4. Identify all options available;
  5. Evaluate the options;
  6. Make choices to develop a durable and lasting agreement.

Team Approach

The Team Approach is an interdisciplinary model and involves engaging one or more other professionals in the collaborative process to directly address the needs of the family involved.

In the Team Approach, not only are two collaboratively trained lawyers retained by the parties, but also a collaboratively trained financial professional may be retained, and any other professional the parties deem helpful in assisting them may be retained.

The mental health professional and the financial professional are usually engaged as neutral team members who attend each of the meetings and work with the clients outside the full team meetings, as well.

The basic theory behind the Team Approach is that since every divorce client has emotional, financial, and legal components, the interdisciplinary approach brings to the table expertise in all three areas.

Information provided by the Dallas Alliance of Collaborative Family Lawyers