Consider Collaborative Law

As part of educating and supporting his clients, Glenn insists on informing everyone about the availability of the Collaborative Law Process to resolve their differences. You can learn much more about Collaborative Law if you click on the “Collaborative Law” bar at the top of the home page, but a short introduction is presented here:

1) Traditional law is built on a war model

2) The rules of traditional law often reward those who fight needlessly or who attack unnecessarily. Such attacks cause counter-attacks and drive parents apart when they could be coming together.

3) Traditional courts try their best but necessarily work with very limited information and parents resist solutions imposed on them by judges, etc. Any court solution is expensive.

4) For some enlightened parents, such as those interested in co-parenting, respectful of the other parent, and those aware of the common goals and interests they share with the other parent, and the benefits of working together, Collaborative Law offers a different set of rules.

5) Collaborative Law changes the rules so parents are rewarded for cooperating, facing their differences together, brainstorming creative solutions, and evaluating solutions in light of their shared and respective goals and interests.

6) Collaborative Law is not for everyone. But for those who recognize its benefits and for those capable of succeeding in the Collaborative Process, it offers a generally superior means of resolving differences, superior to litigation, trials, traditional negotiations and mediation. Collaborative Law results in less stress for the parents, less consequences to the children, and promotes habits and skills that will be useful as new issues arise in the years ahead. Both parents will have important roles with the children for the rest of the parent’s lives. The goal is for the parents to be able to be together when the children graduate, get married, give birth to your grandchildren, not still at war with each other.

7) Collaborative Law is the opposite of what traditional family law attorneys do, even if they are well intentioned, reasonable, friendly, and “cooperative” because Collaborative Law requires specialized and repeated training and the formal written changing of the fundamental rules of how the case is handled. Many people and attorneys like the sound of the word “collaborative” but have not made the investment to become even minimally trained and are not members of Spokane County Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Professionals of Washington or the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Glenn is a member of all three organizations, is highly trained, and is a community leader in Collaborative Law.