Ms. Tarr requires parties to retain an attorney who will represent them during the process but does not require that attorney to be a "collaborative attorney" in the traditional sense or sign a "participation agreement." In the event an agreement is not reached in mediation the original attorney is not disqualified from representing the party.
The Collaborative Law Model does not typically include a neutral facilitator to guide the process and provide structure to the negotiations. Ms. Tarr's approach ensures both a clear process and a structure to the parties' negotiations which keeps the process moving forward efficiently and effectively.
She firmly believes in a collaborative approach to conflict resolution and can draw on outside professionals in discussion with the attorneys such as financial professionals, mental health professionals, accountants, appraisers, and business evaluators, however this is not always required. This approach does not dilute the attorneys' role as your advocate but provides a needs based agreement based on thoughtful, realistic, and informed decisions.
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Beverly R. Tarr, LLB
Certified Divorce Mediator