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Frequently Asked Collaborative Law Questions

Can the collaborative law process be used in non-marital cases?

Yes, absolutely. The Collaborative Law Group offers services to all those involved in the family court system. Whether it is a paternity action or a case between same sex couples, the collaborative process can work for you.

What happens if one of the parties doesn't want to compromise?

Ideally, everybody goes through the collaborative process ready to negotiate in good faith and compromise to resolve their matter; however, if during the process, one or more of the parties cannot, the parties can go through the litigation process.

How does the collaborative process compare to mediation?

Virtually all cases in the family court system in Oklahoma are required to attend mediation. Collaboration is a voluntary process. Collaboration adds an additional layer between the parties and litigation; whereas if traditional mediation fails, the next step is return to litigation.

Does the collaborative process work if everyone is bitter?

Yes, the process can still work. What makes the Collaborative Law Group so unique is that we have brought together three different firms and family law attorneys to assist the parties. That includes helping everyone stay focused on the children, peace, and meeting-of-the-minds.

How is confidentiality maintained with the Collaborative Law Group?

Each party receives his or her own attorney for the duration of the process. The attorneys release information in an organized manner only to the mediator and the other attorney. Further, if the process breaks down, all members of the Collaborative Law Group are barred from further involvement with the case.