Collaborative law is a process available to couples who have decided to end their marriage to work with their lawyers and other professionals in order to avoid the uncertain outcome of court and to achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of both parties and their children without the underlying threat of contested litigation.
This process is voluntary and is begins when the couple signs a contract (called the “participation agreement”), binding each other to the process and disqualifying their respective lawyer’s right to represent either one in any future family related litigation. This process is unique in that it allows the couples to keep all financial information, and even their ultimate agreement, completely private.
Normally, each party is required to file a financial affidavit and any agreement reached by the parties and/or detailed final judgment reached by the court is open to the public. The collaborative process allows this sensitive information to be kept completely private. At the onset of this process, the parties would each hire an attorney, and a mental health professional and financial professional would also be hired. The parties would utilize the help of these professional in order to reach their ultimate agreement. Many families are very happy with the how the collaborative process is especially sensitive to the emotions involved in divorce and the desire for privacy.
Attorney Lowe has been trained in collaborative law and enjoys assisting families in reaching amicable resolutions of their cases through this method. Clients often feel that the collaborative process is too expensive for them to consider, however, Attorney Lowe offers especially competitive rates for this area of practice.