What is Collaborative Law?
Collaborative Law is an approach to
practicing law which allows clients to resolve their
differences with attorney representation but without the
attorneys taking positions which potentially can escalate
The collaborative process allows you
to avoid the courthouse, yet
work through issues in a
have legal advice through every
step of the process
retain control over your own
life and the lives of your children
have the opportunity to
learn to work together
with your spouse regarding
reduce stress, anxiety
and legal fees related to divorce.
If you are interested in using
the collaborative process, contact our office. We can
provide you with written material to share with your spouse
and can provide the names of other attorneys who work in
How does the collaborative process work?
The couple and their
attorneys agree to
meet in a series of four-way conferences to work
exclusively toward settlement. They agree not to go to
health professionals, financial experts,
vocational evaluators, child specialists - join
the team as required, and hired by the team, not the
Once agreement is reached, the attorneys
prepare the appropriate documents and file them with the
Why is Bert Dempsey qualified to practice
Having handled traditional divorce cases
for several years and having personal knowledge of the
anxiety and stress on both parents and children going
through divorce, Bert knew there must be a better way.
In 1996 Mr. Dempsey established his own
mediation practice with much
personal satisfaction and success.
Becoming familiar with the collaborative
process has positioned him to not only facilitate settlement
but also provide his clients with sound legal advice.
What are the benefits of the collaborative
Both attorneys and
the parties share the goal of cooperative problem solving,
instead of pulling in opposition to each other.
Both parties jointly
hire experts, if needed. This saves time and dollars.
The greatest harm done to children during
and after divorce is due to continuing conflict between the
parents. An agreement formed by the parties through the
collaborative is more likely to
be followed years down the road.