Central Vermont Collaborative Law Practice Group

  • Collaborative Law is a dispute resolution process in which parties focus on cooperative problem solving.
  • Each party hires a lawyer who is specially trained to use negotiation tools and methods designed to meet the interests and needs of the parties to the dispute.
  • The parties and their lawyers sign a Collaborative Law Agreement in which the goal is settlement, they agree to share relevant information, maintain the confidentiality of the process, treat each other respectfully, and hire experts jointly if they are needed.
  • Through the use of a series of four-way meetings, the parties, with the help of their lawyers, find mutually acceptable resolutions to their issues in a structured environment.
  • The parties retain authority to ultimately approve or reject a proposed settlement.
  • If either party seeks court involvement, both attorneys agree to withdraw from representation.
  • Especially effective if there are legal issues, one or both parties want their own advocate at the table, and both parties wish to continue and preserve a relationship after the dispute is resolved.
  • Although most commonly used for family and divorce matters, Collaborative Law can also be effective in probate disputes, business partnership dissolutions, employment and commercial disputes, real property disputes, landlord-tenant disputes and wherever disputing parties want a contained, creative, civilized process that builds in legal counsel.

Watch this video of an interview with a divorced couple who used the Collaborative Law process.