How to get started

If you think collaborative law may work for your family dispute, these are the steps to take:

Talk with your spouse, or other party with whom you are in conflict about collaborative law and share this website.

Each of you then selects his/her own attorney who is trained in Collaborative Law. Either of you may meet with more than one attorney before selecting counsel. If you already have an attorney who is not trained in Collaborative Law, suggest the process to your attorney only if your attorney has had at least two day training.

An information meeting with your chosen attorney can help you decide whether the process suits you.

Each party meets first with his/her counsel.

The attorneys talk and agree on a communications facilitator who then meets the spouses.

At the first collaborative meeting the parties attorneys sign the participation agreement and the process begins.