Family Law (Collaborative Law)
Collaborative law (also called collaborative practice, divorce, or family law) is a legal process enabling couples who have decided to separate or end their marriage to work with their lawyers and, on occasion, other family professionals in order to avoid the uncertain outcome of court and to achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of both parties and their children without the underlying threat of contested litigation. The voluntary process is initiated when the couple signs a contract (called the “participation agreement”), binding each other to the process and disqualifying their respective lawyer’s right to represent either one in any future family related litigation.
This is new to Knoxville, but has succeeded in larger urban areas. New isn’t bad. Even Whole Foods is coming to Knoxville. It wasn’t long ago that Knoxville didn’t have Costco, Trader Joes, or REI. Collaborative Law is similar. It will take time for it to be accepted. Already there are a number of collaborative lawyers in Knoxville, and I recommend each and every one: http://www.knoxvillecollaborativedivorce.com/attorneys.html