COLLABORATIVE LAW IN SAN DIEGO, CA
Assistance from Top San Diego County Family Lawyers
The Family Code allows parties who are involved in a divorce to use a collaborative law process to resolve their case. The collaborative law process is defined by statute as an agreement between the parties to resolve their issues “without resorting to adversary judicial intervention.”
Generally, when the parties elect the collaborative law process, they hire attorneys and other professionals who will provide them advice in order to enter in to a knowledgeable and meaningful settlement. Such professionals may include accountants, appraisers, psychologists and financial planners.
In order to use a collaborative law process, California law requires a signed written agreement. A dissolution of marriage action can be pending at the same time in order to provide jurisdiction to terminate the marriage and have a court judgment memorializing any agreements reached by the parties.
What if an agreement cannot be reached?
If the parties are unsuccessful in reaching an agreement after engaging in the collaborative law process, all information shared in the attempt to settle is considered privileged and cannot be used against either side in a later court proceeding. Further, the professionals, including attorneys utilized in the collaborative law process are prohibited from representing either side in a litigated matter.
The purpose of preserving the confidentiality of the collaborative law process is to allow both sides the freedom to discuss their issues candidly, and make their best efforts to provide good faith settlement offers.
Experienced Collaborative Law Attorneys in San Diego
The Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider, APC has two attorneys trained in the collaborative law process. We are experienced in assisting parties in navigating through this evolving area of family law in San Diego County. We have a broad referral base of experts who can assist our clients in providing the necessary opinions or evaluations to negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement. Contact our firm to discuss your case and the benefits of collaborative law.