Unfortunately, many people in Illinois have come to mistakenly believe that the collaborative law process is just another fad. Perhaps they think it is merely a trendy way for trendy people to handle their family law problems. The truth is much different.
While it is true that collaborative law is a "no-court" option for people going through divorce or working through child issues, the process rests firmly on a strong legal foundation. In fact, widespread belief in the effectiveness of collaborative law has caused the method to be used in legal areas outside of family law.
People trying to decide on the best way to get a divorce should understand that collaborative law is not something lawyers can do without the proper training. In other words, an attorney cannot just decide to offer collaborative law solutions. He or she must first seek education and training in the process. In addition to teaching attorneys how to use the collaborative law method correctly, the training also bolsters the ethical side of practicing law.
If you have not yet learned about collaborative law and are considering a divorce. The method works by facilitating fair resolution above all else. Further, the method enables divorcing spouses to share information peacefully while engaging in open and direct communication. It is a process in which divorcing spouses can solve their problems outside of the courtroom and in a healthier spirit of cooperation. It is also typically more affordable than litigation.
Collaborative law may not be the ideal for all couples divorcing in Illinois, but it is certainly worth looking into. Consider consulting with a family law attorney who practices collaborative law to discover whether it is a viable option for you.
Source: Illinois State Bar Association, "Collaborative Law – A New Take on the Delivery of Legal Services," Sandra Crawford, accessed June 06, 2016