An article from the October 2004 issue of NorthBay Biz explains the concept of collaborative law, and how it is being practiced in the Sonoma-Marin-Napa area:

"Can't We Just All Get Along?"


"The collaborative process typically begins with a divorcing couple's realization that they have ongoing shared priorities (number one: raising healthy kids) that are at least as important as the immediate dispute. "People who choose collaborative law over conventional litigation tend to be highly motivated to maintain effective relationships, solve problems jointly and prevent a court battle," says Robert Marmor, a Healdsburg family law attorney who turned to collaboration after more than 20 years of observing the wear and tear caused by litigation.

There is no official deposition process in collaborative law. "Spouses are often amazed to realize that the information-gathering process can proceed informally, with openness, candor and cooperation rather than secrecy, guardedness and threats," Marmor says. "But what gives the process its distinctive dynamic is the lawyers' agreement to withdraw if the collaborative process breaks down and to be replaced by new attorneys who will take the case to trial."

To arrange for an initial consultation with Robert E. Marmor call him at 707-578-2100 or contact him online.