Legal Ethics and Collaborative Practice Ethics
Collaborative Practice (“CP”) is an important new process for the resolution of legal disputes. It emerged in the early 1990s as a response by legal, financial, and mental health professionals who had grave concerns about the impact of traditional divorce practice on the family. CP is still most frequently used in the family law area, but can be applied to any substantive area of law in which the parties want to reach a mutually beneficial settlement and avoid litigation. It has the potential to transform law practice at a time when law practice is in need of transformation.