Collaborative Law - Medical Neutral
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.
(See, "What Can A Medical Neutral Bring To Collaborative Law?" - Article posted on MassBar.org, opens in a new tab )
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)