How do I get the other side to agree to use Collaborative Law?

Collaborative Law is a voluntary process. Frequently, one person will be interested in using Collaborative Law and will talk to the other person about this option.  Alternatively, the collaborative lawyer of one of the clients will contact the other (if he or she is unrepresented by an attorney) and explain the collaborative law process and provide that person with a list of local collaborative lawyers to contact. Other times, the collaborative lawyer will contact the other party's attorney and explore whether that attorney and his or her client is interested in using collaborative law to settle the dispute.