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Collaborative law is a form of alternative Divorce resolution in which clients sign an agreement to resolve their Divorce without going to court. In the collaborative practice, two lawyers, specially trained in collaborative dispute resolution, represent clients who desire to work out a mutually acceptable agreement without court intervention. This includes prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, separation agreements, marital dissolution agreements, and parenting plans.

In collaborative law, parties agree to fully disclose information relating to their assets and debts. If necessary, in addition to the two lawyers an inter-disciplinary team process can include one or more of the following: a parenting mediator, child specialist, divorce coach, mediator or a neutral financial professional (either financial planner or certified business valuator) This helps prepares clients to participate in the settlement meetings including coaching clients on how to listen respectfully and how to speak to increase the likelihood of being heard to help  with the joint drafting of a Separation Agreement by both lawyers (and signing by clients)

If parties are unable to reach an agreement through the collaborative process, they agree to retain new counsel going forward.

Urban Family Law is happy to assist our clients in the process of moving families forward by offering collaborative practice as an alternative to going to court or mediation. Our Lawyers are all collaboratively trained and committed to representing clients in this process.

Elizabeth Urban encourages non-adversarial resolutions for her clients and an emphasis on the Collaborative Practice.  The Collaborative Practice is a holistic approach to resolving legal matters outside of court.  The professionals involved care.  There is more to consider, then just the legal component.  All relationships involve emotion to some degree.  The emotional, financial and legal elements are all equally important in Collaborative Practice.

With a distinct problem solving strategy, Collaborative Practice enables separating and Divorcing Couples to put family first and reach lawful resolutions without going