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Collaborative Law

collaborativeThe collaborative model of dispute resolution is a team approach. Each party has his or her own collaboratively-trained family lawyer as that person’s legal advocate. It is a voluntary legal process, where both parties agree to select this method of resolving their legal matters. It is a non-litigation approach and your collaborative attorney is prohibited from representing you in litigation in the same legal matter. The bedrock of collaborative law is to assist you in resolving your dispute, without adversarial litigation.


Collaborative law, like mediation, is another way to resolve disputes respectfully, without going to court. The heart of collaborative practice or collaborative divorce is to offer you and your partner the support, protection, and guidance of your own collaboratively trained lawyers, without involving the court. Both clients and their individual collaborative attorneys utilize creativity, negotiation, and brainstorming to resolve all aspects of the legal dispute outside of court.


Collaborative law is individualistic and specifically tailored to the emotional and financial needs and budgets of each case. Collaborative divorce allows you the benefit of child and financial specialists, divorce coaches, and other professionals working together on your team.


Claire Sanderson Hanna was one of the first New Mexico family lawyers to practice collaborative divorce. She is highly skilled and experienced in this method of negotiation and dispute resolution. Her practice has been limited to family law and mediation since 1994.


Contact Ms. Hanna today to learn how collaborative law can be implemented to resolve your family law dispute.

Benefits of Collaborative Law

  • Minimizes Animosity & Stress
  • Protects Children & Promotes Effective Co-Parenting
  • Cost Effective & Preserves a Family’s Resources
  • Maintains Parties’ Dignity, Respect and Privacy
  • Puts the Parties in Control
  • Allows a Smoother Transition from Marriage to Divorce



Contact Me

One Executive Center
8500 Menaul NE, Suite B-550
Albuquerque, NM 87112
t: (505) 243-0900
f: (505) 243-5785
Email: channa@nmdivorce.com

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