Collaborative Law vs. Traditional Litigation
If you are reading this website, you are probably interested in knowing more about what Collaborative Law is and what makes it different from traditional litigation. Below, I have highlighted some key differences for you to consider.
- Client focus: Collaborative Law is about you. It is not about a lawyer enhancing his or her own career and reputation by putting on a show in court.
- Control: Litigated divorces give the judge the power to decide issues of child custody, property division and everything else. Collaborative Law gives you and your spouse the ability to come to your own agreements.
- Adversity: In Collaborative Family Law, open and respectful communication is the key. By its very nature, litigation pits you against your spouse in a bitter fight.
- Privacy: Information exchanged during the Collaborative process stays private, but a litigated divorce is a matter of public record.
- Non-legal professionals: Collaborative Divorce can involve a team of people all working toward a mutually agreeable resolution. This includes child specialists, financial experts and mental health professionals, as necessary. In litigation, each side hires its own experts, usually at great financial cost.
- Communication: Part of the Collaborative Law Process involves educating the couple about how to communicate with each other, and then it facilitates that communication. In divorce litigation, communication is often cut off completely, potentially making bad feelings even worse.
I encourage you to read what my past clients have to say about Collaborative Law. Their words are more important than anything I can say here, because they have been at the very place where you are now, and they used Collaborative Law to resolve their issues and move forward into a positive new life. You can also listen to one couple describe their Collaborative family law experience as recorded for National Public Radio.
To learn more about Collaborative Divorce and how I can help you, please call 513-770-4350 or toll free 513-770-4355. You can also contact my Cincinnati law firm online.