Collaborative Law Services

Collaborative family law services are ideally suited for divorcing couples that wish to avoid the prolonged and expensive path of litigation, but still prefer to have some legal representation. In the collaborative divorce process, the divorcing spouses and their respective lawyers agree to participate in alternative dispute resolution in good faith while maintaining the status quo during the process. If the divorcing spouses fail to reach an agreement through the collaborative divorce process, their lawyers are not permitted to represent them in court. This rule ensures that all stakeholders remain committed to doing their best to find a successful resolution. At Lerner Conflict Resolution Center, we have the expertise to offer highly competent collaborative family law services to divorcing couples in California.

Benefits of Choosing Our Collaborative Family Law Services

We encourage divorcing couples in California to choose collaborative divorce services in order to achieve better outcomes in a low-cost, time-efficient and non-adversarial manner. Experienced collaborative family law mediators will facilitate an environment of integrity, cooperation, and professionalism in order to help both parties work ‘with’ each other and not ‘against’ each other to address all potentially contentious divorce and family law issues.

The goal of our trusted and neutral collaborative law team is to enable both parties to explore the best possible settlement options for mutual benefit, to increase their ability to maintain post-divorce communication especially when children are involved, and to avoid the negative financial, emotional, and social consequences of a litigious and combative court proceeding.

We guide and encourage the participants through the collaborative family law process to seek constructive ways to resolve their differences in a fair and equitable manner. We help them pursue shared solutions that will go a long way to promote the well-being of the family during and after the marriage has been dissolved.

The role of the lawyers in a collaborative divorce is to guide and advise their respective clients regarding the settlement proposal and its legal and financial impact. While the lawyers provide advocacy to their clients in a collaborative divorce, they are mandated to adopt a non-adversarial approach.

It means that instead of arguing based on their individual positions (example: I want X amount of spousal support), they approach the negotiations based on their client’s real life needs (example: I need a fair amount of money to live once the divorce is finalized.)

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Our dedicated probate mediators have the skills, experience, and resources to facilitate successful mediation even in the most contentious  disputes.

Our areas of practice in collaborative family law matters include:

  • Divorce and separation
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Property division
  • High net worth divorce
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Post divorce modifications
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Enforcement of the terms of divorce decree