Exactly, that’s one of the reasons. I’m doing a case right now, a mediation between two people where they do have a high net worth but they also realize that they want to keep as much money in their family as possible. What they’re doing is kind of a blend – it’s not a collaborative case and it’s not a mediation case. But the lawyers are going to have a four-way with the people to try to work out a deal. In a way, it’s like collaborative, except in collaborative if you don’t reach a deal, you have to withdraw, and then another lawyer has to come in to be the litigator. From that standpoint, that’s one bad aspect of collaborative law if it doesn’t work.
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.