The Essentials About Collaborative Practice . . .
In happier times, no one predicts that the perfect union
of their own marriage and their ideal family will ever come apart. Unfortunately, separation and divorce are more likely
than any couple can admit. For generations, the court system and contested litigation have been the mechanisms to "undo"
a troubled home . . . until now.
Beginning in the Midwest in
the early 1990s and entering the Central New York community in 2003, the out-of-court process of Collaborative Practice has
become widespread and successful for spouses intending to end their marriage. Based on the reality that judicial proceedings
are ill-equipped to provide fair, balanced, and private outcomes for spouses, Collaborative Law requires that couples and
their Collaborative Lawyers commit in writing to settling the issues of the marriage outside of court. By meeting face-to-face
and with the assistance of allied professionals when necessary, Collaborative Divorce is accomplished with respect, cooperation,
and dignity. And collaboration is definitely not limited
to just divorce: relocation cases, child and spousal support, and custody matters are resolvable with a hard-working
collaborative team, too.
Attorney Dan Cantone is a Collaborative Attorney persistent in helping his clients find and
implement the most constructive and long-lasting choices for their