Like mediation, collaborative law is a method of alternative dispute resolution – an alternative to duking it out in court, that is. I am not trained in collaborative law, but I am often asked by potential clients whether I believe their case is appropriate for the process. Generally, if the potential client expresses an interest, I will refer him/her to an attorney who is trained in collaborative law to discuss whether that is the best direction for the client. Generally, if it is not, I will receive a call back to pursue other alternatives, including facilitative mediation – in which I am trained and have substantial experience.
I discovered an excellent article describing the collaborative law process and I want to include a link here for those of you who may be interested in exploring this approach to a divorce. It is appropriately entitled “Collaborative Law 101.” I commend the author Deborah Hope Wayne and thank her for this important information. I am confident that you will find it informative. Although Ms. Wayne practices in New York, the principles she discusses are clearly appropriate to the Michigan collaborative law process.