Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce

Not every person wants to go through the stress and indignity that often accompanies traditional divorce litigation. We want all of our clients to realize that there are other options.

Collaborative divorce is a voluntary, nonadversarial process between parties who have decided that they cannot continue in a marital relationship. The goal in collaborative law is to resolve the issues stemming from that relationship without courtroom litigation and the battle that goes along with it. Instead, the parties work with attorneys and other family and financial professionals to achieve an outcome that is satisfactory to each party.

The collaborative process is a team approach, rather than two people taking two different sides.

Through a series of meetings, the parties aim to create an agreement that meets the specific needs of both parties and their children, and this agreement is subsequently reduced to writing and signed by the parties. As soon as any required physical separation period is satisfied, the divorce can be finalized without the battle of traditional courtroom litigation.

With the collaborative law approach, both attorneys to the case must be trained in collaborative law.

This enables the attorneys to work together within the collaborative model to achieve the best results for everyone involved. If you believe that collaborative law may be appropriate for your situation, we can provide a list of attorneys who are also trained in collaborative law practices for your spouse to consider.

There are many benefits to choosing the collaborative law process over traditional divorce litigation.

Collaborative divorce allows parties to have more control over the outcome of their case, as well as to avoid the emotional damage that often results when spouses fight with each other in trial. The collaborative process is oftentimes more cost-effective than traditional litigation, too, and many times, can be resolved much sooner than a case traveling through the court system. Perhaps, most notably, the collaborative process allows people to maintain their privacy and dignity by focusing on a solution, rather than all of the problems that have plagued the marriage.

To learn more about the collaborative law process and whether the collaborative process may be right for you, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.