Collaborative Law in New York is similar to mediation in the fact that there is a commitment where both parties agree to dispense with litigation. However, each party hires their own specially trained collaborative law attorney. The parties and their respective attorneys commit to resolution of disputes through meetings and conferences which continue until all issues including finances and child custody/support, etc. are resolved and memorialized by agreement.
Collaborative law is an excellent tool for a non-litigious party who seeks to mediate but may feel that the bargaining power will be more equivalent should each party have their own representative to speak on his/her behalf.
At Keil & Siegel LLP, we work consistently with other attorneys to settle such cases in a collaborative law setting.