Collaborative Law is not just for divorce. It works well in other family law matters as well:
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
If you are getting married and are thinking about a Prenuptial Agreement, Collaborative Law will encourage mutual sharing and good listening, instead of sending messages about your positions through your attorneys.
Similarly, if you are hoping to hold your marriage together by creating a Postnuptial Agreement, Collaborative Law can help you proceed in a non-advsersarial way.
Collaborative Law advantages include the following:
- You will each speak for yourselves as you negotiate.
- You will learn new ways to communicate about financial issues.
- You will have the help of the coach/facilitator to help you understand each other’s needs and concerns.
- You will have the support of the lawyers and the coach/facilitator to keep you focused on your goals as you make decisions.
In Collaborative Law, the coach / facilitator’s guidance helps the engaged couple preserve their love and good will for one another as they address the financial boundaries a Prenuptial Agreement requires.
Similarly, for the married couple who seeks an agreement to stay married, they can negotiate a Postnuptial Agreement through Collaborative Law with skillful guidance as they grapple with the contractual conditions under which they will stay married. Collaborative Law provides the support and cohesiveness necessary to keep the couple focused on their goals throughout the discussions.
Collaborative Domestic Partnership Dissolution
Because Collaborative Law promotes creative problem solving, it is a particularly useful process for resolving the dissolution of domestic partnerships. Collaborative Law lends itself to settlements focused on equitable considerations since legal parameters may be more limited.