To many people faced with the prospect of ending a marriage, Collaborative Divorce sounds like an appealing option. Collaborative Divorce offers a prospect of a quicker, more amicable divorce, often with lower legal bills and a more satisfactory outcome than litigation.
As Collaborative Divorce grows in popularity, more attorneys are eager to offer this service to prospective clients. In order to be able for an attorney to represent himself as a Collaborative attorney, he must have completed a multi-day Collaborative Practice training by an approved organization.
For attorneys who are truly committed to helping clients unwind their marriages through Collaborative Divorce, however, the basic training is just the beginning. The best Collaborative attorneys are those who view Collaborative as a real opportunity to help clients take control of their divorce, not as a marketing gimmick to get clients in the door.
So how do you tell the difference? And why does it matter?
Having a committed, well-trained Collaborative attorney is important because a successful Collaborative divorce requires a different set of skills and a different mindset than attorneys are used to operating with. An unskilled attorney can disrupt the process, wasting time and money.