Collaborative Law

Collaborative law helps people with significant assets or complex issues get a good resolution without going to court. The purpose of the collaborative process is to get a fair resolution, not the scalp of the other person.

What is collaborative law?

Collaborative law is a dispute resolution method where, instead of engaging in adversarial techniques and litigation, you and the other party agree that you’ll try in good faith to resolve the issues without going to court.  In collaborative, there is no third-party neutral. You each have an attorney to help you reach an agreement using cooperative strategies and negotiation.  The crucial distinction between collaborative law and other types of dispute resolution is in collaborative law both parties and their attorneys agree at the outset that the attorneys are disqualified from participating in any litigation proceedings and will have to withdraw from representation if either party should file suit.  This keeps everyone focused on staying out of court.

Once the threat of litigation is out of the way — though not formally waived – you’re free to exchange information, sit down together and discuss your concerns and interests.  This process most often results in a better solution than one imposed by a court because it’s truly tailor-made by the people whose lives will be affected by it.  This process saves time and money, because it is more efficient than litigation and can work much more quickly. Best of all, it protects, and sometimes even starts to heal, the relationship between the parties, who may need to work together to raise their children.

I’m trained in Collaborative Law and bring my skills and years of experience as a mediator and counselor-at-law to this very constructive and dynamic new approach to family law. Click on the link to my video on Collaborative Law.  Then call me at (919) 688-6860 or fill out the form to the right for a prompt response.

Judy Whisnant