Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law is a great approach to consider when all parties in a dispute are willing to respectfully communicate their individual needs and interests, and/or when all parties are committed to a  process focused on “win-win” solutions based on problem solving and supporting the goals of both parties.

It is especially beneficial and effective when parties are parenting children. In this approach all parties work with their own attorney and a supportive team of professionals to achieve an outcome based on their financial resources and appropriate care and planning.

Choosing a Collaborative Approach...

When you decide to use a Collaborative Law approach, you will actually avoid the uncertain outcomes that accompany courtroom decisions or settlements.

How? You, and all parties, will actively, and sometimes creatively, choose and develop the ultimate outcomes. No one need agree to any outcome or stipulation they do not want.

Common Areas of Practice for Collaborative Law:

Family Law
Legal Separation
Child Custody
Child Support
Spousal Support, Maintenance/Alimony
Parenting Plans/Residential Schedule
Separation Agreement
Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreement
Cohabitation Agreement

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Benefits of a Collaborative Approach

The parties are in a position to craft a full agreement with a planned outcome: there are no surprises. Parties create a settlement unique to their needs in a respectful manner.

The stress and hard feelings that often arise out of court proceedings and litigation can be avoided and/or are addressed by the attorneys and the team of professionals. The entire team helps the parties understand and learn to resolve disputes in the best possible way.

This is especially helpful with regard to any children or minors involved. One unique goal of Collaborative Law is to preserve working relationships between parties into the future.

How It Works

  1. Getting started with Story Law happens with a short, scheduled phone call. You do not need to know which type of approach you are looking for. We will ask for some general information and answer your initial questions as well.
  2. If you choose to move forward, the next step is to schedule an in-person meeting. We will have plenty of talking points to explore from the call, plus any details that arise and explain the various options available.
  3. There is more to this initial process, but these are the main points about how we begin here at Story Law.

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