There can never be enough resources about legal practices, state laws and other elements that can help people who wish to make a collaborative law or personal injury case. I’ve decided to start this blog to inform Georgia residents and visitors of the state of legal affairs here, as well as some out-of-state law practices. I’m not an attorney myself, but I’ve been involved in a collaborative law case and done my research, and I’ve known many who have been involved in personal injury cases. They’re both common practices nationally, but until I actually initiated a collaborative law case with my now ex-wife I didn’t know what “collaborative law” was, and at the time I hardly heard of any separations or divorces going through these cases, surprisingly.
I decided to create a blog that would educate readers about everything they need to know when considering a collaborative law or personal injury case, including resources from outside of Georgia. Many are unfortunately unsure of how to go about building a case in both of these areas as well as others, and may not even know about collaborative law, which is why I’ve taken to this platform to spread a little knowledge and learn some more myself along the way.
First, I want to cover collaborative law.
What is Collaborative Law?
With a divorce rate of 11/1,000 people per year, Georgia surely contains couples that are struggling through bitter separations and divorces when that pain doesn’t have to exist. Collaborative law is a way for separating or divorcing couples to avoid the agonies suffered in court by allowing them to end their marriages or separate through their lawyers and, sometimes, other family professionals. The Collaborative Law movement was conceived in the late 1980s by family lawyer Stu Webb, and since then over 22,000 lawyers have been trained in this practice internationally.
Why Go Through with It?
The principle reason my spouse and I decided to end our marriage through collaborative law was to avoid the hostility and uncertainty associated with an in-court divorce. There was no threat of an unfair custody battle over our children and collaborative law allowed my wife and I to reach a settlement that left neither of us dissatisfied. Collaborative law—also called family law—prevented the whole divorce process from being a traumatic experience for our children and helped eliminate the stress my ex-wife and I probably would have experienced otherwise.
Find a Good Attorney in Collaborative Law
I suggest you find an attorney with a good reputation of course, but also go with a lawyer whose personality seems to appeal to you based on a consultation. The last thing you want to have is an attorney who appears to be working around what you want, or generates any aggression, you should look elsewhere. The goal of collaborative law is to give you and your spouse more control over the outcome, and if an attorney can’t accommodate for your control, don’t waste your time and energy.
This is only a small glimpse into what all I will explore in future posts when it comes to collaborative law, so look out for more information soon!