Collaborative Law Services in Danvers, MA

Experienced, Licensed Collaborative Lawyer You Can Trust

Erica M. Foster is licensed to represent clients as a collaborative lawyer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has been practicing and specializing in family law for more than 20 years. In our offices we understand the sensitive nature of legal proceedings involving family members and we offer collaborative law services in Danvers, MA so you have the guidance of an attorney without the expense or complexity of litigation. Our collaborative law services are available for all types of family law cases including but not limited to divorce, custody, visitation and parenting plans, child support, asset division and alimony.

Benefits of Collaborative Law

Collaborative law is a non-adversarial process that is voluntary and where both of the parties are working to satisfy the interests of the family as opposed to gaining an individual advantage. The process is only concluded when both parties, each of whom must be represented by counsel, agree to a resolution. The focus of collaborative law is on resolution and settlement by intention and therefore the parties will typically save money and time, and avoid the collateral damage of litigation while keeping the decision-making in their control.

The process of collaborative law requires each of you to communicate directly with each other and with their respective counsel, listen to each other and treat each other with respect. The process requires a both parties to disclose all financial information, as well as a mental health professional to act as an impartial coach. The coach acts on behalf of both parties.

Both parties sign a Participation Agreement which includes a court disqualification provision. If the matter is not resolved in the collaborative law process and the parties decide to seek court intervention, neither of their attorneys may represent them in court.

People who choose collaborative law are typically much more satisfied with the outcome because they are deciding what that outcome will be.

How Much Does the Collaborative Law Process Cost?

Collaborative law services are charged by an hourly fee plus a retainer that is based on the complexity of the matter. Additional fees may be incurred when the parties pay for a coach or other professionals depending upon the complexities of the matter. Those services are generally billed by the hour, and hourly rates vary.

Family and Collaborative Law Attorney Serving Danvers, MA and the North Shore Boston Area Since 1992

Choose a Massachusetts family law attorney and certified mediator who can give you the personal attention and guidance you deserve. Contact the Law Office of Erica M. Foster today for a free initial consultation. Call 978-750-8857 or click here to fill out our online form.



Law Office of Erica M. Foster
491 Maple Street #204
Danvers, MA 01923
978-750-8857
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Law Office of Erica M. Foster

491 Maple Street #204
Danvers, MA 01923
Phone: 978-750-8857