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Collaborative Law FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why Collaborative Law?

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About 95-97% of all separation and divorce cases settle before trial. Several years ago, some family litigation lawyers in Minnesota decided that negotiation could avoid the need for litigation and help clients save time, money, and heartache.

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How is Collaborative Law different?

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In the collaborative law process, you make decisions rather than a judge or an arbitrator. And unlike mediation, negotiation takes place with family law attorneys or divorce coaches providing support. Plus, parties in a collaborative law case…

  • Must sign an agreement that prevents their attorneys from litigating their case

  • Usually, meet with their attorneys at conferences

  • Must cooperate to reach a settlement

Honesty and transparency are vital.

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What are the risks if I decide to choose the Collaborative Law process?

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Typically, if you and a disputing party can’t resolve your dispute, then the collaborative law attorneys must withdraw from the case. However, attorney Baum has successfully represented Rockville, MD area clients in “collaborative style” (sometimes called “cooperative style”) cases. This means the parties agreed to follow the collaborative law principles without agreeing to an attorney disqualification statement.

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Can any lawyer represent me in a collaborative law case?

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No. You must retain an attorney who’s specially trained in this process. Attorney Baum is a leader in the collaborative law movement in the Rockville, MD area. Visit the Biography page to learn more about attorney Baum.

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What if I hire Attorney Baum to represent me, but my spouse or partner does not have a collaborative law attorney?

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Attorney Baum will provide your spouse or partner with a list of collaborative law attorneys.