Collaborative Law

Denver Collaborative Law Attorney

Collaborative law is a relatively new way to resolve divorce issues such as asset division, child custody and support, and maintenance out of court. Like mediation, the outcome of the collaborative law process is not binding on either party unless and until a final agreement is signed.

In a collaborative law divorce, the parties use specially trained lawyers and neutral experts. The parties commit to achieving a settlement without litigation. Those professionals also commit to work cooperatively to make the divorce process as much of a "win-win" situation as possible. If the parties don’t reach a settlement but proceed to litigation, the parties agree that the lawyers will have to withdraw from the case. This creates a huge incentive for all parties to settle, and the lawyers do not benefit from prolonging the case in court.

If both parties are committed to the collaborative process, this option creates a setting that allows for the give and take that can result in an amicable divorce settlement. Oftentimes those settlements include terms a court could not have ordered.

However, collaborative divorce is not for everybody. Success depends on the personalities of the parties and their attorneys. If one party or lawyer has a combative personality, is dishonest or cannot refrain from threats or violence, the case is not right for the collaborative process.

At McGuane & Hogan, our attorneys are specially trained in collaborative family law and can guide you in its use.

Contact a Denver collaborative law attorney at McGuane & Hogan, P.C.