A bit of background: A group of Wisconsin family law attorneys organized by Attorney Gregg Herman of Milwaukee began exploring the possibility of bringing collaborative family law to Wisconsin in the fall of 2000. In October 2000, Gregg brought together experienced collaborative family lawyers, therapists and Judges from across the United States and Canada and interested Wisconsin family lawyers for a two day brainstorming session. They talked – we listened. The enthusiasm expressed by the collaborative lawyers as they explained the theoretical framework of the process and gave real life examples of the practical benefits the approach offers clients, families, lawyers, and Judges convinced the Wisconsin group to bring collaborative family law to Wisconsin. Informational meetings for family lawyers were organized throughout the state and on January 1, 2001, the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Inc., was born.
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What is Collaborative Family Law?
counseling, therapy, expert valuations, and guardians ad litem remain available to the parties, should they desire to use them.
Who is the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin (CFLCW)?
How is the CFLCW organized?
Why do we need a new approach?
participants (lawyers and clients) as they work toward solutions that meet each family-member’s needs.
How will a collaborative case differ procedurally from a traditional case?
How does collaborative resolution differ from settlement negotiations in a traditional case?
gathering process when parties are frustrated by delay, fed up with soaring costs, and steeped in the adversarial system. On the other hand, parties to a Collaborative Divorce go into the process with the belief that they can work through this joint problem. The existence of that world view, shared by the parties and the attorneys, changes everything.
Can the collaborative process be used in paternity cases? In post judgment cases?
collaboratively can come with mutual agreement in any family case at any stage of the proceeding.