What is Collaborative Law?
Authored By: Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.
Collaborative law is a new way to resolve legal disputes. Each party has a separate and specially trained attorney. The lawyers’ only job is to help the parties reach agreement. If the attorneys don’t succeed in helping the clients settle, the attorneys are out of a job. They never can represent either client against the other. Everyone agrees to work together with respect, honesty and good faith. They try to find “win-win” solutions to the reasonable needs of both parties. Four creative minds work together to come up with an agreement without going to court or threaten to. If anyone goes to court, collaborative law ends and the parties must get new lawyers.