Understanding Collaborative Law

At Harris and Fraser, we help our clients explore alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a means to settling divorce and other family law matters. We offer services in:

These options may help you save time and money. They may also avoid the stress that often accompanies traditional courtroom litigation. To learn more about collaborative law, or to schedule a time to meet at our office in Burlingame, California, please call 650-389-9036.

What Is Collaborative Law?

In many traditionally litigated divorces, both sides go to court prepared to exchange angry, hurtful volleys. The results are often unpredictable, costly and time-consuming. The ADR process of collaborative law can offer spouses a better way out of marriage. Collaborative divorce is typically more cost-effective and time-efficient, and usually less stressful than traditional litigation. Most important, it enables you and your spouse to shape the outcome of your divorce rather than leaving important decisions to a judge.

How Does the Collaborative Law Process Work?

Collaborative divorce embraces three major principles:

  • A pledge not to go to court
  • An honest exchange of information by both spouses
  • Solutions that take into account the highest priorities of both spouses and all children

The key to collaborative divorce is mutual respect. The parties must commit to negotiating resolutions of their disputes with the help of collaborative attorneys. Negotiated resolutions mean that you and your former spouse retain control of your divorce.

What Are the Benefits of Collaborative Law?

Collaborative law also represents a divorce process much different for you than for participants in traditionally litigated divorces:

  • Collaborative law gives you more control over the resolutions of disputes.
  • Collaborative law enables participants to emerge from the divorce process with their dignity intact.
  • Resolutions attained in the collaborative process are more likely to be long-lasting because they are the result of honest, thoughtful negotiations.
  • Collaborative law is cost-effective.
  • Collaborative law is time-efficient.

In addition to our lawyers, you will engage with financial and mental health professionals trained in this approach. This often minimizes the expense, time and emotional toll associated with traditional litigation while helping you and your former spouse work toward lasting, mutually beneficial resolution of your disputes.

Contact Us for More Information

Harris and Fraser is dedicated to providing superior customer service and sound legal advice to clients who require assistance with family law matters, including divorce, child custody and child support. Contact our attorneys online to schedule a time to discuss the unique facts of your case.