Frequently Asked Questions: Collaborative Law
The Family Legal Center, LLC, in Monroeville, is dedicated to guiding you through the collaborative law process. Our founding attorney, Laura Cohen, has more than 25 years of experience helping individuals in Pennsylvania address and resolve their family law issues.
The collaborative law process is relatively new for many individuals. The idea of not going to court during your divorce can be appealing for many different reasons, including spending less time and money on your divorce as well as reducing the stress associated with your divorce.
Collaborative Law FAQ
In order to help you understand collaborative law and to determine if it is right for you, we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the collaborative law process.
What is collaborative law? A way for couples and families to resolve their family legal issues without going to court with the assistance of collaboratively trained professionals.
How is it different from mediation? The collaborative law process mainly involves four individuals: you, your spouse and each of your collaborative attorneys. Mediation involves three individuals: you, your spouse and a mediator. The collaborative law process allows you to obtain skilled legal advice from an attorney, which you then use to reach an acceptable agreement with your spouse without litigation. In mediation, there is no agreement not to go to court.
What happens if no agreement is reached? If no resolution can be reached and you both decide to address the matter in court, each of your attorneys will withdraw from the case and you will have to find a new attorney to represent you in court.
What are the benefits of collaborative law? Every case is different. However, parties typically reach a stronger agreement that they both will follow since they developed and agreed to the terms. You get to make the decisions, which is always better than having a judge dictate what your family must do. Child custody, support and alimony issues all are handled through the collaborative process. This enables families to have an easier adjustment to life after divorce.
Get The Collaborative Law Help You Need Today
Our lawyers can help you understand the process before you make any final decisions when it comes to your divorce. To learn more about the collaborative law process, call us at 412-843-0957 or toll-free at 877-855-1067. You can also contact us online to schedule a consultation.