About Collaborative Divorce Practice . . .
The Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia ("CLIG") is an inter-disciplinary network of attorneys, mental health professionals, financial consultants and other professionals committed to representing individuals and families in a non-adversarial process. This website is sponsored by members of CLIG practicing in Coweta and Fayette Counties and in the south Metropolitan Atlanta Area.
All of our affiliated professionals are also members in good standing of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Click HERE for a printable directory of Collaborative Professionals in Coweta and Fayette Counties.
Collaborative Divorce Practice is a way for a divorcing couple to work as a team with trained professionals to resolve disputes respectfully, without going to court. Each party has the support, protection and guidance of his or her own lawyer, but the parties and the lawyers mutually pledge to work together, in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration, to resolve all issues and accomplish the dissolution of the marriage in a way that will minimize conflict and result in the least possible trauma and emotional scarring to the parties and to the parties' children. |
While Collaborative lawyers are always a part of Collaboration, most cases will require the assistance of child specialists, financial specialists and divorce coaches as part of the clients' divorce team. The clients have the option of starting their divorce with the professional with whom they feel most comfortable, and the clients then select the other professionals they need for their particular situation. The clients benefit throughout collaboration from the assistance and support of all of their chosen professionals.
Collaborative Practice is distinguished from traditional litigation by several key elements which are set forth in a contractual commitment among the clients and their chosen collaborative professionals right at the outset:
that the parties will, with the assistance of their team of professionals, negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement without using a court to decide any issues;
that all of the professionals -- attorneys, financial consultants and mental health professionals -- will withdraw if either client goes to court; and
that the parties will engage in open communication and information sharing, and
create shared solutions that take into account the highest priorities of both clients.