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An introduction to collaborative law

Family law guidelines in the state of Utah and across the country are increasingly beginning to reflect the fact that no two divorces are exactly the same and that there is more than one effective way to approach many family law issues. More and more Utah residents are turning to collaborative divorce, since the process encourages constructive communication and problem resolution outside of litigation.

Before beginning the collaborative process, divorcing couples have to enter into an agreement that they and their attorneys will participate constructively in the route they’ve chosen. As a result, some note that participants are more invested in the outcome of the process and are more willing to accept the terms of their divorce agreement once everything is finalized.

One characteristic of collaborative divorce that many people are drawn to is the fact that participants benefit from the advice and feedback of their own legal representation through the entire process. Attorneys that practice collaborative law are trained to assist their clients in solving problems and negotiating with the other party to come to a fair and mutually agreeable conclusion. Beyond that, the collaborative process accounts for the emotional and financial well-being of participants.

Utah is one of several states to recognize and practice collaborative law. The Uniform Collaborative Law Act was actually established five years ago, but the practice has yet to be implemented on the national level. People that are interested in learning more about collaborative law and how it may be beneficial in their own divorce can speak to an experienced Utah family law attorney today. Entering into divorce with professional information and support can help to ensure that the entire process is productive and fair.


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