New York matrimonial and divorce attorney Jacqueline Newman of Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein defines collaborative law.
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Collaborative law is one of the process choices in getting divorced. In a collaborative process, you agree not to go to court. So, you sign what’s called a participation agreement. You have to work with collaboratively-trained attorneys, which means you go through a lot of training. And you all enter into this agreement together. The catch to collaborative law is if the process breaks down – which is voluntary, so that either party can decide they don’t want to do it anymore – you cannot use those same attorneys in litigation. So, it’s a huge push on settlement.