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        Attorney's role in the Collaborative Practice

         Collaborative Attorneys have made a commitment to the unique practice of the Collaborative model and are there to assist you in the divorce process.

         Attorneys in the Collaborative Process are specially trained to advocate collaboratively, which includes representing the individual client, while maintaining the goals of the Collaborative Process. The Collaborative Attorney educates and counsels the client about legal issues and guides the client in gathering and understanding information. Additionally, the Collaborative Attorney helps the client articulate his or her interests, goals, and concerns.

         Solutions to the issues presented are reached in meetings with the clients and their professional team. Attorneys help clients brainstorm all possible options on each issue, evaluate and prioritize those options, and reach agreements that meet their needs and interests.

         Settlements achieved through the process are legal and binding, and the Collaboratively trained Attorneys prepare the requisite documents and settlement agreements.

         Family Law attorneys find the out-of-court Collaborative Process ideally suited to divorce cases. Individuals facing divorce are each represented by their own attorney. Together they clarify each client's needs and interests in developing a mutually satisfactory settlement. Clients have the support they need to minimize conflict and work with their Collaborative team to develop creative solutions. This saves time and money and reduces stress. If the couple has children, they have the support to improve the communication skills needed as they raise their children from separate households.