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1.    How do I initiate a CFL case?

    It is best if you hire an attorney who is trained to handle divorces in a CFL format.  All of the member attorneys on this web-site have such training.  Go through the list, make some phone call and pick the attorney with whom you feel most comfortable.  Then contact the attorney of your choice and tell said attorney that you would like to have your case handled in a CFL format.

2.    What is the difference between a traditional divorce and a collaborative divorce?

    The CFL case requires that a husband and wife are each represented by counsel trained in interest-based negotiation, the choreography and structure of CFL, and interpersonal conflict resolution skills. Counsel and clients execute a contract, called a Participation Agreement, which precludes either attorney from representing their respective clients in the event the case reaches impasse or in the event either party chooses to withdraw from the CFL process. This Participation Agreement insures that counsel and clients stay focused on the task of resolving issues in the most efficient, creative way possible. In most jurisdictions, less than 5% of the divorces filed are actually finally tried to a court. Most filed cases are settled, but only after financially and emotionally draining discovery and pre-trial processes. The Collaborative process focuses couples on efficient settlement options.

    By contrast, a traditional divorce is handled by the district court and where the parties' lives are dictated by Court Orders and the District Court's calendar.  The focus is much more adversarial in nature rather than problem-solving in nature.

3.    What is the time involved?

    A traditional divorce in south-central Kansas takes approximately 4 to 12 months to reach completion.

    A CFL case can be resolved as quickly as you and your spouse want it to be.  In most instances, a CFL case reaches completion much quicker than a traditional divorce because you are not dependent on the Court's calendar.

4.    What is the cost?

    Because you and your spouse are in control of the process, the cost for a divorce should be significantly less than a traditional divorce.  Information sharing and negotiation are handled in 4-way meetings, eliminating the need for formal discovery and expensive correspondence between attorneys.  You do not have to pay your attorney to appear in Court to argue or litigate on your behalf in Court which can save thousands of dollars in legal fees.

5.    How do I get more information about Collaborative Family Law?

    Please feel free to contact any of the attorneys on the attorneys list for more information, or see our News & Links page for other sources of information regarding CFL.


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Last modified: 03/04/05