Can An Attorney Who Litigates Divorce Cases Also Be A Collaborative Divorce Attorney?
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While there is a definite advantage to both parties going through a divorce to settle their issues amicably, which is usually through the collaborative divorce process, or through mediation, you should not think that an attorney who is formally trained to represent clients in a Collaborative Divorce is somehow “weaker” or “less competent” than a divorce attorney who only litigates divorce cases. This is because if you are divorcing, you want an attorney who has the ability to negotiate and seek resolution of the issues in your case in a passionate yet reasoned manner. Such an approach usually has the benefit of saving you thousands of dollars in legal fees and expert witness fees. Aren’t you and your children better off with more money in your pocket and the ability to deal with your soon to be former spouse in a civil manner for the benefit of your children?
The idea that a lawyer who is trained in the collaborative divorce process is a lesser advocate is incorrect. The most successful litigators, while experienced in the court process, are also superb negotiators. To benefit their clients, they have decided to become collaboratively trained attorneys also, so that if the divorcing couple are desirous of keeping things on a civil level, the collaborative process, which they and they alone control, rather than be controlled by a judge who does not know the parties and has hundreds of cases on his or her docket at any one time, they should want to divorce collaboratively.
Are Collaborative Divorce attorneys highly skilled at litigation? Yes, almost every one of them is. So, to get the best of both worlds, you should consider a collaborative divorce when the two of you have decided to terminate your marriage. Your children will thank you.
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