In collaborative law, each client hires an attorney who is a collaborative lawyer. They meet in a series of four-way meetings, which could be more than four people. The other people that may be involved are financial planners, parent coaches, and therapists. There could be as many as six of those type of people along with the lawyers.
The best thing to do in a collaborative case is to try to get someone who is going to be your joint expert for financial stuff, who’s going to do all the evaluation so that the parties are on the same page as far as that’s concerned. Also, if you are really, really at each other’s throats all the time, you might want a parenting coach who will help you to resolve your issues regarding the children.
With 30 years of experience in family law, Laura M. Urbik Kern is a certified mediator and family lawyer who concentrates on dissolution, family and juvenile law, child support, and complex domestic relations cases.