There are different ways for couples to transition from married to divorced. Collaborative Divorce combines the holisitic benefits of the informal mediation process and the protections of the traditional legal process. The divorcing parties are viewed as a unit, not just as adversaries, and the health of the family is put first. To support the marital dissolution of the unit a team of professionals can be enlisted, as needed. Collaborative Practice is a new way for couples to work together with a team of trained professionals to resolve their disputes in a respectful and professional manner that keeps the case out of court. Mediation is another option for low conflict couples When you come in for your initial consultation, we will discuss the details of the various options and help your decide if one of the alternatives is right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions about Collaborative Divorce
What is Collaborative Divorce?
It is a resolution of the legal issues of divorce, custody, and the divisions of marital assets that does not involve going to court.
How is it Different from Regular Divorce?
Collaborative Divorce is a client centered, client controlled and transparent process, where the parties agree to work together to a negotiated settlement. Since from the start each party agrees to full financial disclosure, to avoid litigation, and is committed to the health and well-being of the family, with the help of the lawyers and other professionals, the collaborative process can proceed without some of the more traditional gamesmanship and contentiousness, and often provides healing.
Who Is involved?
Each party has a lawyer, who is part of a collaborative network of lawyers who have committed themselves to this process. There also may be other professionals such as certified financial planners, and coaches such as mental health professionals.
How Can Collaborative Divorce Benefit Children?
You have available to you the expertise of child specialist coaches to assist in co-parenting and custody issues. The child specialist can give the children a voice in the process. As she/he works with the children, the children may find greater ability to cope and participate in the team process. Child Specialists also can teach parenting skills, help resolve parenting struggles, and offer referrals for co-parenting resources.
What Are the Benefits of Collaborative Divorce?
You get to control the time frame, avoid delays, reduce costs, and eliminate the stress of traditional divorce.
What Happens if There Are Problems in the Process?
Problems in the process usually are worked out; but if no agreement can be reached and you decide to litigate, then the collaborative process ends and all members of your team including the lawyers, withdraw from your case.
If you think that Collaborative Divorce might be the right solution for you, Contact Us to schedule an initial consultation.