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An introduction to the collaborative law alternative.
Under the collaborative law alternative, the two parties to a dispute
each choose a lawyer trained in the collaborative law process. As an active
member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Marion Lee Wasserman is
trained in the use of collaborative law and is pleased to offer this approach
for divorce and other family disputes.
If Marion is representing you as a collaborative lawyer for the
purpose of divorce, your spouse will need a collaborative lawyer to represent
him or her. If your spouse does not yet have a lawyer and would like a
recommendation, Marion can help by making appropriate referrals.
Collaborative Law Agreement
Once you and your spouse have each retained a collaborative lawyer to represent you, you will each sign an agreement to work collaboratively with your lawyers and with each other to reach a fair and reasonable settlement. And you agree up-front that if your negotiations break down, you will not use the same lawyers to litigate your dispute. This stipulation limiting the lawyers' services is intended to enhance the commitment you and your spouse are making to reach a settlement.
In-person meetings are a central part of the collaborative law process. You, your spouse and your lawyers meet together and work cooperatively toward settlement. Collaborative meetings may, if both parties agree, include a neutral "coach" to help facilitate constructive communication.
Settlement Through Dialogue
Collaborative law, like mediation, draws upon your positive instincts --encouraging
you to resolve your dispute through dialogue and creative compromise.
"Collaborative": What's in a Word?
Lawyers have always been able to use a "collaborative" perspective to help clients reach negotiated settlements. The element unique to the "Collaborative Law" alternative is the stipulation regarding litigation, along with the emphasis on in-person meetings. As a lawyer, Marion can assist you with either traditional negotiated settlement or the full collaborative law process.
Marion received her collaborative law training through the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.
Call to inquire about an initial consultation.