The Cooperative Divorce

All too often, the client has the attitude that a lawyer who is a “fighter” is a lawyer who refuses to cooperate with opposing counsel, makes demands and gets instant results, goes to court at the drop of a hat, and plays Perry Mason in court. This notion is sadly misguided.

Cooperation and camaraderie among experienced family law attorneys is common. This manner of conducting the day to day affairs of a divorce matter is modernly termed the cooperative law model. It’s effectiveness has been researched and described in many white papers and articles. A professional lawyer adhering to the principalities of cooperative law:

  • conducts oneself in a civil, respectful and professional manner at all times
  • responds promptly to reasonable requests for information from the other party
  • fully discloses all relevant financial and other required information
  • obtains collaborative expert input as necessary shares the findings freely
  • negotiates in good faith
  • utilizes best practices for the benefit of his client

Professional, experienced family law attorneys have utilized these long-held principalities of professional consideration, politeness and high-standards well before the term Cooperative Law existed. The family law team at Gum, Hillier & McCroskey, PA honors these principals. These principals provide a direct avenue for efficient work and effective representation during the dissolution of a marriage. In every case, cooperation decreases costs and promotes lasting resolutions for your family.

In the rare circumstance where cooperation and professionalism do not promote lasting agreements, the attorneys at Gum, Hillier & McCroskey are, first and foremost, trial attorneys. The time to fight may be during tough negotiations or in court, but not cooperating on routine matters accomplishes only greatly increased attorney fees because it requires both attorneys to do everything the hard way. Cooperation by the attorneys, as well as the parties, particularly during the discovery phase, is always in the best interest of the client. Ask your lawyer about the benefits of professional, cooperative approaches in family law matters during your initial consultation.

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