There are many reasons that there are currently fewer Collaborative cases than there are mediation and litigation cases. Just to name a few of the challenges: the process is newer and less well known to the general public; there is still confusion about the cost and benefits of the process; and there aren't as many practitioners trained in the process as there are in mediation (and no additional training is "required" to go to court). Collaborative Law, like mediation, requires that both parties choose the process. If one party wants to go to court then the other essentially has no choice.
- Enjoy my work more;
- Have happier and more satisfied clients;
- Leave divorcing parents in a better position to communicate about their children, and thereby help more children feel like they still have a family;
- Get paid for the work I perform.
- I enjoy working with the professionals in the Collaborative community and many of them are my friends.
- My clients will be more satisfied because I will provide a more efficient product to my clients, which means spending less time litigating (and in the worst instances fighting with attorneys who chose to make the process personal). The process is also more efficient and the clients happier, long-term, because we spend more time rationally solving their disputes rather than letting a stranger decide their fate.
- The children of my divorcing clients will likely feel less tension because my clients will be more involved in the problem solving process so that they can learn to solve their disputes better in the future without my help. In addition, they can choose to prioritize their children's needs in the process, thereby giving their children a voice in the room that they likely wouldn't have in court.
- More satisfied clients are more likely to pay their bill.
Cooperate/Collaborate – When people cooperate, they work independently toward separate goals that may be compatible but are not necessarily mutual, and often compromise to reach resolution; when people collaborate, they work together toward shared, mutually beneficial goals, and co-create a resolution.
Is that a Collaborative Case?