Choosing your collaborative divorce lawyer is one of the most important parts of the collaborative divorce process. It is crucial that your lawyer has the proper training to effectively work with your spouse, your spouse's lawyer, and the other experts in your case. Many lawyers will say that they are "collaborative" or "cooperative" and will suggest that formal training is not necessary. This is not the case. Lawyers who lack formal collaborative training will cause the collaborative process to be less efficient and possibly create situations in which the process falls apart completely.
Which Divorce Model is Best for Me?
There are costs and benefits to proceeding under any model. In a perfect world, the collaborative model would be the most cost-effective and most effective at resolving disputes in a manner that benefits all parties. If your case involves physical or extreme emotional abuse, drug or alcohol abuse by one parent so severe that parent cannot understand the harm it has caused to kids or that parent is not able or willing to put up with supervision and requirements, if one party is unable to financially move forward and the other party will not cooperate, or if it is impossible for the parties to trust each other, then a traditional litigation model will be necessary to resolve your dispute.