With CFL, the parties and lawyers are focused on cooperative and collaborative negotiations. One of the keys to success of the CFL process is that the parties and lawyers all endorse, literally and figuratively, a contract not to litigate. CFL lawyers are specially trained family law lawyers. Negotiations generally transpire in 4-way meetings in a controlled, safe, and respectful setting.

Like mediation, Collaborative Family uses interest based negotiations with the aim of finding resolutions that meet the mutual goals of the parties. Like mediation, the collaborative process allows parties to think and implement solutions “outside the box”.

Respecting certain ground rules in the collaborative process allows communication to flow with a positive ‘forward’ thinking focus, leading to more productive negotiations as opposed to the traditional adversarial approach of lawyers.

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