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Adelman Helps Form Collaborative Divorce Group

4/23/2003

Attorney Gerard I. Adelman is part of a group of divorce lawyers who are developing an alternative to litigation for divorcing couples. Collaborative Divorce is a relatively new concept which originated in California. It is an alternative approach to the traditional adversarial litigation model.

In a collaborative divorce each party is represented by an attorney, but both parties and their counsel agree in writing to not go to court in any sort of contested manner. The case is resolved through complete open disclosure by the parties and a series of four way meetings at which all issues are negotiated. If a party feels that they must resort to court action, under the terms of the collaborative divorce agreement both attorneys must withdraw from the case. This penalty for not remaining within the collaborative model is a tremendous incentive for both parties to come to the table in good faith and to remain there.
Although similar to mediation in that the parties retain total control of their case and their settlement, collaborative law allows the parties to have their legal counsel with them at all times. It is extremely important for the attorney chosen to be involved with a collaborative divorce to be trained in the use of the model and to be familiar with the protocols used in such a case. For that reason attorneys practicing collaborative divorce form informal "practice groups" in which they develop the necessary protocols to follow and become familiar with one another.

Attorney Adelman and several other like minded lawyers are in the process of forming such a group to be known as "Collaborative Family Lawyers of Greater New Haven". Each member of the group is an independent attorney; this is not a joint practice. Each member will set his/her own fees and other practice policies. What the members will have in common is a commitment to the collaborative divorce process and the necessary skills and training to make the process work. For further information, contact Attorney Adelman at 203-238-1010 or through this web site.


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