Maryland Collaborative Law Association, Inc. Who We Are What We Do How We Work Together
Models of Conflict Resolution • Adversarial/Litigation • Mediation/Arbitration • Cooperative • Combination of Models • Collaborative Law MCLA, Inc.
Resolution Through Collaboration • Standards of Integrity and Ethics • The Collaborative Law Model • The Participation Agreement • The Four-Way Meeting • Open Exchange of Information and Ideas • The Final Agreement MCLA, Inc.
Applying these Principals To Family Law • Collaborative Family Law encourages: • Openness • Transparency • Communication • Cooperative behaviors MCLA, Inc.
Applying these Principals To Family Law • In the traditional divorcing model, husband and wife wage war and their attorneys become their warriors. MCLA, Inc.
Applying these Principals To Family Law • In the Collaborative model, all the family and their attorneys work together to find the best resolution for the particular family. MCLA, Inc.
Who are we? • A non-profit organization of unaffiliated attorneys and other professionals • Committed to the collaborative resolution of family conflicts MCLA, Inc.
What is MCLA? • MCLA provides • Public Education and resources for the public and members • Training • Continuing education for members • Social functions MCLA, Inc.
What is MCLA? • We work closely with other professionals to achieve the goals of our clients. MCLA, Inc.
What is MCLA? • Lawyer Members • Admitted to practice in the State of Maryland, for at least five (5) years • Substantial experience in family law • Received specialized training in collaborative law MCLA, Inc.
IACP Membership (8 countries and forty states) • 75 in 2000 • 565 in 2003 • 1053 in 2004 • Approximately 2,000 at 12/31/2005 • California – 460, NY – 166 www.collaborativepractice.com MCLA, Inc.
Collaborative Divorce FAQ If I offer Collaborative Divorce services, can I litigate or mediate cases? Yes, a CollaborativeAttorney is free to offer a “menu” of services, including litigation and mediation. They cannot represent their collaborative Divorce Client in court. MCLA, Inc.
Collaborative Divorce FAQ How are my fees affected by the Collaborative Divorce Process? Each attorney sets his/her fee with their respective client just as they do in regular divorce cases. MCLA, Inc.
Collaborative Divorce FAQ Is a judge needed to finalize the settlement document? The final document is prepared by either attorney and submitted to the court for approval, just like an uncontested settlement. MCLA, Inc.
Collaborative Divorce FAQ What training is necessary to become a Collaborative Divorce Attorney? The IACP and the various Collaborative Divorce Groups offer the initial two-day training that is necessary to become a Collaborative Professional. MCLA, Inc.
How can we work together? • Provide an innovative alternative to litigation for your clients and patients MCLA, Inc.
How can we work together? • Work as a team to assist divorcing parties learn about communication, parenting and dispute resolution MCLA, Inc.
Collaborative Divorce FAQ • Special thanks to John Faggio, CPA, CFP, Financial Divorce Specialist, for permission to use his Collaborative Divorce FAQs. MCLA, Inc.
How can we work together? Let’s Collaborate! MCLA: Passion for Truth, Justice and Families MCLA, Inc.