Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law Attorney in Los Angeles

Collaborative Law or “Collaborative Divorce” is a private confidential meeting that might be concluded in one day in which both parties to a dispute and their collaborative attorneys and sometimes other professionals such as counselors, therapists, tax professionals come together committed to resolving a conflict using a cooperative rather than an adversarial approach.

Here in Los Angeles County, Collaborative Law allows both parties to avoid going to court while still retaining the advantages of advocacy provided by their respective attorneys.

Family Law Attorney, Elizabeth Briceno-Velasco, can serve as your advocate while a separate attorney will represent your spouse. Everyone agrees ahead of time, in writing, that the matter will be resolved outside of court.  The Collaborative Law method provides fair and equitable results for all parties involved usually at significantly less expense than battling in front of a judge in open, public court.

The difference between mediation and collaboration is that in divorce mediation the “facilitator” or “mediator” works with both spouses and goes back and forth between them to hammer out an agreement and the attorneys are not allowed in the room with you and the mediator, or with you, your spouse and the mediator.  In Collaborative Law, both spouses and their respective attorneys work as a team: you with your attorney and your spouse with his/her attorney and any other professional team members to reach an equitable settlement.

Advantages of Collaborative Law:

  • Help from your attorney is available if one (or more) participants feels he or she needs the assistance during the negotiations
  • Better outcome and significantly lower cost (compared to a court trial)

Potential Drawbacks of Collaborative Law:

  • The logistics of using several professionals can be cumbersome to schedule
  • None of the attorneys nor hired professionals can go to court on behalf of either client if the process fails.
  • If the collaborate process fails, new attorneys need to be hired for the court trial

Arcadia Office
150 N. Santa Anita Ave,
Suite 200
Arcadia, CA 91006
Phone: (626) 446-6442
Fax: (626)-446-6454

Beverly Hills Office
9465 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 300
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: (310)-880-5733

La Mirada Office
Cerritos Towne Center
17777 Center Court Drive ,
Suite 600
Cerritos, California, 90703
Phone: 888-888-6542

Los Angeles Office
Gas Company Tower
555 West Fifth Street,
31st Floor
Los Angeles, California, 90013
Phone: (213)-400-4132

Long Beach Office
Landmark Square
111 West Ocean Blvd.,
Suite 400
Long beach, California, 90802

Irvine Office
Oracle Tower
17901 Von Karman Avenue,
Suite 600
Irvine, California, 92614
Phone: (949)-203-3971
Fax: (949)-203-3972

Ontario Office
Lakeshore Center
3281 E. Guasti Road,
7th Floor
City of Ontario, California, 91761

Riverside Office
Turner Riverwalk
11801 Pierce Street,
Suite 200
Riverside, California, 92505
Phone: (909)-996-5644

San Diego
Emerald Plaza
402 West Broadway,
Suite #400
San Diego, California, 92101
Phone: (619)-885-2070

Aliso Viejo
Ladera Corporate Terrace
999 Corporate Drive,
Suite 100
Ladera Ranch, California, 92694
Phone: (714) 721-3822

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