White Plains Attorney Explains Collaborative Law

Experienced in collaborative law in the Westchester County area

With more than 25 years’ experience in family law, Lauren B. Abramson, Esq. has seen the benefits that alternative dispute resolution methods can have. She has special training in mediation and collaborative law, so she can recommend ways to help resolve your case swiftly and cost-effectively.

What is collaborative law?

In collaborative law, also known as collaborative practice, both parties and their lawyers have settlement as their top priority, according to the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. The lawyers, who have training similar to mediators, work with their clients and each other to make sure the process is positive and productive. When an agreement is reached, the lawyers draft a settlement document, which is reviewed and revised by the parties until everyone is satisfied.

Both collaborative law and mediation rely on the free exchange of information and a commitment to resolutions that respect the parties’ shared goals. If mediation doesn’t result in a settlement, you may proceed to litigation.

In collaborative law, however, the lawyers and parties sign an agreement attesting to everyone’s interest in resolving the case. The agreement states that the attorneys will not participate in litigation if the collaborative process ends without an agreement. The attorney and staff at the law offices of Lauren B. Abramson can help you decide whether mediation or collaborative law is appropriate in your divorce or other family law dispute.

What happens in the collaborative law process?

Collaborative law is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which the parties settle their family law disputes without resort to litigation. In collaborative law:

  • The parties sign an agreement describing the nature and scope of the matter.
  • The parties disclose all information relevant to the matter.
  • The parties agree to use good faith efforts in their negotiations to reach a mutually acceptable settlement.
  • Each party must be represented by a lawyer, whose representation ends if the matter goes to court.
  • The parties may engage mental health and financial professionals, whose engagement ends if the matter goes to court.
  • The parties jointly may engage other experts as needed.

With vast experience in alternative dispute resolution, the attorney and staff at the law offices of Lauren B. Abramson can explain the advantages of collaborative law and guide you through the process.

Is collaborative law likely to work in my case?

Collaborative law is not for everyone. According to the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the collaborative approach is likely to be a good option for you if you believe the following values are important:

  • I want to maintain a tone of respect even when we disagree.
  • I want to prioritize the needs of our children.
  • My needs and those of my spouse require equal consideration, and I will listen objectively.
  • I believe that working creatively and cooperatively solves issues.
  • It is important to reach beyond today's frustration and pain to plan for the future.
  • I can behave ethically toward my spouse.
  • I choose to maintain control of the divorce process with my spouse and not relegate it to the courts.

Collaborative law helps you maintain those values, while reducing the destructive aspects of a conventional divorce. Visit our collaborative law FAQ page to learn more about the process.

Contact our White Plains collaborative law attorney today

With more than 25 years’ experience working with family law issues, Lauren B. Abramson, Esq. is devoted to helping you reduce the conflict surrounding divorce. Our office is across from Saxon Woods Park, between the Hutchinson River Parkway and the New England Thruway. We’re open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call us at 914-908-6829 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation. We serve individuals and families throughout Westchester and Putnam counties, including White Plains, Harrison, New Rochelle, Bedford, Armonk, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Somers, Croton-on-Hudson, Carmel, Mount Vernon, Peekskill, Rye and Yonkers.