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Collaborative Law

In June of 2016, along with classmates from every continent, Steven Gregory attended a one-week conference on mediating complex disputes at the Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation.

The Harvard conference led to Mr. Gregory’s interest in Collaborative Law, and he now accepts divorce and domestic relations clients as well as clients with other types of disputes who are interested in resolving their disputes through this out-of-court method of alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Gregory has also completed a forty-hour course in Divorce and Family Mediation and a two-day course in Domestic Violence Mediation and is a registered domestic relations mediator. Call Mr. Gregory to explore resolving your divorce or domestic relations matter or other civil dispute through collaborative law. And while you are here, read this blog post on collaborative law for more information.

Important Note from Steven Gregory:

I practice Collaborative Law, including Collaborative Divorce and Collaborative Civil Law.

Collaborative Law or Collaborative Practice is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which parties settle without resort to litigation. The intention is to resolve disputes in a low-conflict environment and to avoid the uncertain outcome of court. In this manner, settlements can be crafted that best meet the specific needs of both parties (and their children, in domestic relations matters) without the underlying threat of litigation.

The voluntary process is initiated when the couple (or parties to a civil dispute) sign a contract (a “participation agreement”) binding each other to the process and disqualifying their respective lawyer’s right to represent either one in any future litigation related to the matter at hand.

The collaborative process can be used to facilitate a broad range of other family issues, including disputes between parents and the drawing up of pre- and post-marital contracts (sometimes referred to as pre-nups or post-nups). As the traditional method of drawing up pre-marital contracts is oppositional, many couples prefer to begin their married life with documents drawn up consensually and mutually.

The Collaborative law or collaborative divorce process also offers the added benefit of being cost-efficient for the involved parties. As the necessary tasks in the collaborative model are assigned to specialist professionals without duplication of effort, cost savings are realized. These cost efficiencies, in addition to other potential benefits, have led parties contexts other than domestic relations to explore the use of collaborative law to resolve disputes, including mergers and acquisitions, small business breakups, probate matters, and construction disputes. Collaborative Practice is particularly well-suited for the resolution of disputes between parties who need or want to continue to have a business or familial relationship after the current disagreement is resolved.

In Collaborative Law or Collaborative Divorce:

1. The parties sign a collaborative participation agreement describing the nature and scope of the matter;

2. The parties voluntarily disclose all information which is relevant and material to the matter that must be decided;

3. The parties agree to use good faith efforts in their negotiations to reach a mutually acceptable settlement;

4. Each party must be represented by a lawyer whose representation terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding;

5. The parties may engage mental health and financial professionals whose engagement terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding; and6. The parties may jointly engage other experts as needed.

–derived in part from the website of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Contact Mr. Gregory today.

The Gregory Law Firm, P.C. sees your legal matters through from start to finish. Engage experienced attorney Steven P. Gregory to work with you in addressing your legal concerns. The firm’s offices are conveniently located near Highway 280 in northern Shelby County, Alabama. Call  205-314-4874 to arrange your consultation or contact the firm online.