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Collaborative Law

McCarthy Fingar has some of the best collaborative lawyers in our region. How does Collaborative Law work? When a couple agrees to the collaborative resolution format, each party has his or her own attorney, and makes a formal, written commitment not to go to court, right at the outset. Instead of costly litigation, the parties themselves, with the assistance of their attorneys, meet, set goals, gather information, create solutions and ultimately reach an agreement to resolve their divorce or family law dispute.

Part of the reason for the success of the collaborative format is that, once the participation agreement has been signed by the parties and their attorneys, the attorneys cannot represent their clients if the process fails to reach an agreement and/or someone wants to go to court. For instance, if one of the lawyers in our Collaborative Law group represents a client in a collaborative law engagement and a settlement is not reached, our Matrimonial & Family Law group cannot be engaged to represent the client on the continuing dispute.

Because lawyers retained to assist in the collaborative law process cannot represent those clients in a contested matter in court, the attorneys, like the clients, are motivated to “stay the course” and devote as much time as is necessary to the desired out-of-court settlement. As a result, a large proportion of McCarthy Fingar’s collaborative efforts to resolve divorce and family law issues are successful.

Kathleen Donelli is a founding member of the Association of Collaborative Lawyers of Rockland/Westchester. One of our other Collaborative Lawyers is the Firm’s Chief Counsel, Hon. Sondra M. Miller, who also heads up the firm’s Mediation & Arbitration group.

McCarthy Fingar's Leadership in the Community

McCarthy Fingar's Collaborative lawyers are often in the news and are frequent lecturers on divorce law and collaborative law topics. Click at news to see what our Collaborative lawyers are doing. Click at publications to see the different professional written materials of our Collaborative lawyers. Click at speaking engagements to see the different speaking engagements of our Collaborative lawyers.

Contact Us

McCarthy Fingar's Collaborative Law lawyers are dedicated to our clients' success. If you think you may require our assistance or have any questions, please contact one of our Collaborative Law attorneys: Kathleen Donelli by email (kdonelli@mccarthyfingar.com) or phone (914-385-1010); Dolores Gebhardt by email (dgebhardt@mccarthyfingar.com) or phone (914-385-1016); or Hon. Sondra M. Miller by email (smiller@mccarthyfingar.com) or by phone (914-385-1015).