The role of the collaborative attorney is to educate his or her client on the parameters of Ohio family law and to also help support their client in decision making. In essence, we work as your sort of guide dogs, through the process. We also try to help our clients stay reasonable in their expectations, stay balanced in their perspective. We represent our clients. We represent their interests. We try to help them to effectively articulate their interests. But we also want for our clients to be balanced and to remain best interest oriented. So we try to help our clients stay in that frame of mind.
First of all, we don’t speak for our clients. We help our clients do their own speaking. We provide education to the process. We’re not our client’s mouth pieces. It is a client driven process in terms of the outcome. Will we do some talking in the process? Absolutely. We provide legal advice to both parties actually. Often the collaborative attorneys will together give the clients information that they need about the divorce process and about the issues that must be resolved in order to complete their collaborative divorce process. But we don’t advocate for our clients in the sense that we don’t speak for our clients or try to aggressively formulate their strategies. We help our clients to attain their priorities and interests by providing them the legal information necessary for them to do so and to stay reasonable in their expectations.