The law may have a different role in Collaboration compared to litigation.
In litigation, the law controls, and is used by judges and attorneys to make decisions and negotiate.
In Collaboration, the law provides one piece of information in helping you make decisions.
Other types of information you may consider and to which you may give more or less weight than the law:
Prior agreements – written or verbal
Something in relationship to honor or account for
Interests of others (children, extended family, friends, etc.)
Basic economic reality may not fit with the law
Clients’ own sense of fairness
Other things of importance to one or both clients.
Important that you make fully-informed decisions. Therefore, important that you understand how the law applies in your situation. You and your team will decide together when and how you and your spouse will receive that information from the Collaborative attorneys.
For example, the Collaborative attorneys may agree to run support calculations together rather than separately. If the Collaborative attorneys run the support calculations separately, then this will be communicated to the rest of the team.
The law is not always clear or predictable. Even when the law is clear, you and your spouse can decide to make a decision that works best for your family, taking into account other factors, such as listed in #4 above.