Matthew A. Kirsh is a trained collaborative law attorney. Collaborative law is a relatively new method for fairly setting family law cases that avoids the potentially destructive litigation process. The collaborative process is unique in that it gives clients the security of a lawyer advocating on their behalf while retaining the negotiated resolution benefit of mediation. When the collaborative method is chosen, each side retains a lawyer. The lawyers represent the clients during out-of-court negotiations and try and reach a settlement. The distinctive feature of collaborative law is that the lawyers pledge not to litigate and if the negotiations break down, the parties must hire new counsel to litigate. The incentive to settle is obvious. The collaborative process often uses financial experts and child specialists to help assist with the resolution of complex or difficult issues.