Can we go through a collaborative divorce if my spouse chose a lawyer who’s not trained in collaborative practice?

What if my spouse has chosen a lawyer who doesn’t know about collaborative practice? Can we still go ahead with a collaborative divorce?

By Joe Spirito
March 16, 2016
choosing a lawyer for a collaborative divorce

Parties seeking a collaborative divorce should seek an attorney trained in collaborative practice, as this is a specialized area of the law. If your spouse’s attorney is not trained, they may be limited in their ability to facilitate the process for all involved parties. You may wish to encourage your spouse to choose a collaborative attorney. If you are in Los Angeles County, then the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association may be a good resource that you can suggest to your spouse. The Collaborative California Practice and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals also provide attorney training and may be a good resource for finding trained collaborative lawyers in your area.

Founding partner of McGaughey & Spirito in Redondo Beach, California, Joe Spirito has been practicing family law since 1982 and is currently serving as secretary of the Los Angeles County Bar’s Family Law Section.

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March 16, 2016
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