YOU AND YOUR ROLE AS A TEAM MEMBER
In simple terms, the collaborative family law process is identified as two clients and two attorneys, bound by a formal agreement, who use a collaborative approach to avoid submitting contested issues to the court.
But collaborative practice at its best is a flexible process, relying on professionals from other disciplines as you need them. This team of people works together toward one goal: maximizing the benefit to your family.
In every Collaborative case, the client - you - are an integral part of the team, and this is because you and your spouse are the driving force behind the process. Your control over the process and the outcome is considerable.
Collaborative Attorney Karyn Gimbel Youso, JD discusses client responsibility and control in the Collaborative approach.
THE VALUE OF THE TEAM APPROACH
Couples are often concerned about the "team" approach, yet there are often fewer professionals involved in a Collaborative divorce than in litigation. In addition to attorneys, coaches, child and financial specialists, you may choose to retain other experts or consultants such as appraisers, mortgage brokers or vocational experts. Unlike traditional litigated cases, where the parties hire competing experts to "fight it out," both parties in the collaborative process jointly retain the experts they need and consider the options the experts present. In Wisconsin we are fortunate to have a number of Affiliate members of CFLCW - experts in their field but also trained to deal with the unique issues that arise in a divorce.
Carlton Stansbury, JD, a Collaborative attorney, offers his view on the value of the team to both clients and to his responsibilities as your attorney.