Collaborative divorce is a new alternative to the traditional divorce litigation process that allows couples to reach a mutually acceptable resolution of all of the issues without going to court. With the help of the collaborative team, the couple works together to find creative solutions to all the disputed matters in an open and honest environment. All meetings are private and confidential. The collaborative team, which consist of collaboratively trained attorneys, financial professionals, divorce coaches and child specialist all work together to assist the couple in finding solutions that are in everyone’s best interest.
While each spouse has their own attorney, the entire process is non-adversarial and the role of the attorneys is to provide legal counsel, guidance and help to manage the overall process.
Advantages of Collaborative Divorce
The couple controls the process and the final outcome.
The couple has a team of collaborative professionals all working together to help them reach an amicable resolution. They benefit from the advice of financial professionals, divorce coaches and child specialist.
Protects children from the negative impact of an adversarial and contentious divorce process.
Protects privacy. Because all meetings are private and confidential, only the final divorce agreement becomes part of the public record.
Quicker resolution. Because the couple doesn’t have to wait for court dates, they control the timetable and the outcome of the meetings therefore allowing for a much quicker resolution.
Will Collaborative Divorce Work For You?
Collaborative divorce doesn’t work for everyone. Both parties must be willing to take responsibility for the process and the outcome.
What Happens If The Couple Is Not Able To Reach An Agreement?
If the parties are unable to reach an agreement then the collaborative attorneys are required to withdraw from the case and the couple will need to hire new counsel if they wish to take the case to court. This ensures that all parties, including the divorce attorneys, are fully committed to achieving a final resolution without resorting to court.
If you think that collaborative law might be an option for you it is recommended that you contact a collaboratively trained divorce attorney to discuss your circumstances and the details of your case. Together you and the attorney can determine the best option for you.