However, as some of earlier posts indicate, cooperative divorce law is now its own stand-alone approach to conflict resolution. It is our third and separate out of court settlement approach to divorce.
When do people use cooperative divorce law in favor of collaborative law?
- When the parties do not want to use mediation and collaborative divorce not yet reached their locale;
- When the parties want to stay out of court and the other lawyer is not trained in the collaborative approach;
- When you know your spouse is stubborn, mean, or generally difficult to deal with, and you do not want to have to hire a new lawyer when the negotiations fail;
- When the parties or the lawyers do not wish to be bound by the rules and mandates of collaborative law; and,
- When the parties or the lawyers anticipate the case will wind up in court, but want the parties to experience the cooperative process in order to calm things down, minimize ill feeling, and model behavior that is conducive to compromise.