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Collaborative Law

St. Petersburg Collaborative Lawyer Jessica Ehrlich

Few events in life are as painful or stressful as a divorce.  A "collaborative" divorce is a highly structured process in which to express and resolve conflict without going to court. Collaborative Law is a unique process involving open communication between the clients and their respective lawyers where both parties agree in advance to use problem solving negotiations that do not include adverserial techniques or tactics in the hopes of avoiding public and protracted litigation. 

Ms. Ehrlich is specially trained in interest-based negotiation and uses this approach in collaborative divorce, attempting to maximize results for clients while decreasing the need for public battles in the courtroom. Many clients prefer this method for divorce and child custody issues as a way to better pursue their goals for the future.

Collaborative law works for a majority of clients; however, it may not be right for everyone. If any of these statements apply to you, contact my office to find out more about how this process could work for you:

1. You want a civilized and dignified resolution.

2. You would like to retain the possiblity of friendship with the other party.

3. You want the best co-parenting relationship possible.

4. You would like to minimize or eliminate the damage the hostility and conflict of litigation often causes children.

5. You and the other party have friends and extended family with whom you wish to remain connected.

6. You recognize the limited range of outcomes generally available in the court system and would like a more creative and individualized range of choices.

7. You value honesty and integrity, dignity, privacy and discretion.

8. You would like to control the proceedings rather than leaving the outcome in the hands of a third party such as a judge.

9. You want a process that is designed to acheive your best possible outcome under the circumstances.

10. You understand that resolving conflicts with dignity involves meeting not only your goals but finding ways to meet the resonable goals of the other party.