Collaborative Family Law
Collaborative Family Law is a humane, team-oriented approach to the legal process of dissolving a marriage. This dignified approach to divorce involves lawyers and other professionals, including therapists, divorce coaches, and financial planners, whose purpose is to guide a respectful and fluid process that avoids the need for court battles.
Couples may choose to engage in Collaborative Practice by signing a contract that affirms their mutual desire to end their marriage in a collaborative manner. Their lawyers sign this agreement along with other professionals involved in the process. An underlying principle of such an agreement is the knowledge that, should the Collaborative Process break down and prove ineffective, the professionals will cease to be involved in the couple’s court-based divorce.
Alisa Peskin-Shepherd, founder of Transitions Legal, is certified in the Collaborative Process, which originated in the Midwest in the mid-20th century. In 2009, the Uniform Collaborative Law Act was adopted by the U.S. Uniform Law Commission. Collaborative Law is not yet an accepted practice in every state, but it is in Michigan. Michigan enacted the Uniform Collaborative Law Act for family matters December 8, 2014.
Interested in learning more about Collaborative Divorce? Contact Alisa Peskin-Shepherd!