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<xTITLE>Is Collaborative Law a Good Fit for You?</xTITLE>

Is Collaborative Law a Good Fit for You?

by Dick Price
January 2014

Texas Collaborative Law Blog

Dick Price
In a recent blog post, Adryenn Cantor, a San Diego, CA attorney included an excellent list of five questions for people to ask themselves to determine if they are a good candidate for using Collaborative Law in a divorce case. Here are her questions:

"Do you want to end your marriage with respect and integrity?

Is taking a rational and fair approach to dividing your assets more important than seeing yourself as a winner and your spouse as the loser in this process?

Are your children the most important aspect in this process?

Is saving money, which could go to you or your children more important than spending it on protracted litigation?

Do you want to model for yourself, your spouse and your children how mature adults handle significant challenges?"

If you answer "Yes" to one or more of the questions, you should seriously consider using Collaborative Law. You can find a lot of information on this blog about how it works. You can also search other web sites for information. Finally, call a local trained Collaborative lawyer and meet face-to-face to discuss the process and whether it would be helpful and appropriate for you.

Warning: Some lawyers advertise that they do Collaborative Law when they really don't. If you meet with an attorney who tells you Collaborative won't work for you, do yourself a favor and get a second opinion from another Collaborative lawyer. You may have run into one of the "bait and switch" non-Collaborative lawyers.


Dick Price has been in practice. Since 2000, Collaborative Law has been his preferred method of problem solving. He has practiced law for over 30 years and am a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law. He has found that most people want to get through the legal system with their dignity intact, end up with the best terms they can work out (not expecting to win everything) and without much fighting. While some people are able to work out most or all of their issues and just need a little help getting things wrapped up, others need help in creating new solutions and many prefer doing so in a private and respectful manner. Collaborative Law is a great way for people to work together and creatively solve problems. Almost no cases actually go to trial, so ultimately most parties need a strong, creative and effective negotiator who is comfortable in mediation as well as informal direct negotiations.

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