Global Collaborative Law Council

(formerly Texas Collaborative Law Council)

Collaborative Resolution of Civil Disputes

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Ethics Opinions on Collaborative Law:

State Collaborative Law Statutes and Court Rules:

  • Following the enactment of the Texas statute in 2001 which placed collaborative law procedures in the Family Code, two other states enacted collaborative law statutes. The North Carolina statute (2003) is patterned after the Texas statute. The California statute (2007) requires a written agreement, but does not specifically define the elements of the collaborative law process.
  • In July 2009, the Uniform Law Commission by a unanimous vote, approved the Uniform Collaborative Law Act. In March 2010 the Commission made a few modifications to the Act and adopted Court Rules which mirror the Act.
  • The modifications and addition of the Court Rules have been approved by the Uniform Law Commission, and the UCLA/USCR, as amended, dated October 12, 2010 is available for introduction in state legislatures. States will now have several options: to enact the original UCLA, or the revised Act, or court rules, or a combination thereof. At the end of 2012, the UCLA had been enacted in Utah, Nevada and Texas (applicable to matters arising under the Family Code). 
  • In addition,courts in a number of states have established court rules providing for the use of Collaborative Law.
  • For more information on the history and development of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act/Rules, and the current status of enactments and introductions, go to the Uniform Collaborative Law Acts / Rules page.