It's not unusual to hear a lawyer describe themselves as collaborative. I've also heard "I haven't taken the Collaborative Law training, but I certainly consider myself collaborative!" But what do they mean by that? Does it mean they offer collaborative law as an option to their clients, or just that they're willing to start a case in out-of-court negotiations and see where it leads? Does it mean that they understand the collaborative law principles, or simply that they try to be civil with opposing counsel? Civility and Collaboration are not the same thing. In fact, many lawyers think of true "collaboration" as a dirty word. I imagine them picturing the World War II signs labeling French civilians as "collaborators" and shuddering at the thought. The problem with this mentality, especially in family law, is it means that you are thinking of the opposing party (and their counsel) as the enemy. You might be civil to an enemy,
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