Collaborative Law

What is Collaborative Law?

Collaborative law is a way of resolving matters amicably where both parties hire attorneys who are trained in collaborative law and use a team approach. The professionals, who are members of the team, have taken a collaborative law training course in additional to their professional training in their field such as law, psychology and finance. Some collaborative law professionals have taken mediation training. The parties involved agree to not litigate with the attorneys they hire. In a family law matter, people on the team in addition to two attorneys for each party, a divorce coach, a financial professional such as a financial planner or certified public accountant and if needed, a child specialist.

Collaborative law meetings are held in the privacy of one of the team professional’s office. It is a private and a practical way to come to a resolution. Collaborative law could be a much less expensive compared to lengthy litigation. In Massachusetts, one does need to go to court is to get a Separation Agreement in a divorce case approved by a Probate and Family Court judge.

Attorney Smith has been the Chair of the Charles River Practice Group of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council since January 2016.  She was a Co-Chair of the Charles River Practice Group  from January 2015 to December 2015 and the Co-Chair of the Metro West Practice Group of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council from June 2011 to December 2014.

On January 22, 2014, Attorney Smith was the Chair of the seminar and spoke on “Collaborative Family Law” at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts . 

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