Collaborative Law - Medical Neutral

Collaborative law, also known as collaborative practice, divorce or family law, is a way of settling disputes without litigating in the court system.


It is increasingly popular in divorce cases but can also be applied to other family issues, such as child custody, estate planning, and dissolving or restructuring a family business.


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Parties sign an agreement that litigation will not be part of the process; if litigation did ensue, none of the attorneys or neutrals would participate. Since the threat of litigation is therefore off the table, the parties can focus on problem-solving to find solutions that best meet the needs of all.


Collaborative Law uses attorneys for the parties and a coach/facilitator trained to help the process manage feelings that might otherwise derail, prolong, or prevent settlement.  A case can involve necessary experts, such as a financial neutral, who provide information and plans to help the parties to reach an agreement. This transparency eliminates the “battle of the experts” that characterizes much litigation.


As a medical neutral I can apply my knowledge of insurance, care systems, costs, and planning across a life span to clarify issues in cases that have medical aspects, as with a disabled dependent child, elders, or other conditions requiring lifetime attention.


For further information on collaborative law, visit: Judges love collaborative law— here’s why  (American Bar Association)