COLLABORATIVE LAW

Collaborative practice is a voluntary dispute resolution process that empowers separating and divorcing couples to reach creative resolutions without ever stepping foot in a courtroom. 

 

Unfortunately, a court-based divorce is premised on conflict and often focuses on finding fault. If your goal is to punish your spouse, collaborative law is not a good fit for you. However, if you place a high value on putting family first and handling conflicts with integrity, collaborative law may be right for you. Here are the core elements of the collaborative process:

 

  • Both parties are represented by a collaboratively trained lawyer whose representation terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding.
     
  • The parties may choose to engage collaboratively trained neutrals, such as a child specialist, divorce coach or a financial professional, who will work together with you and your spouse as a team.
     
  • Both parties pledge, in writing, to disclose all financial and other relevant information, to communicate respectfully, and to act in good faith while negotiating a settlement.
     
  • By avoiding court, the parties’ personal and financial information remains confidential.
     
  • Negotiations take place in structured settlement meetings, with the parties’ attorneys and the other professionals on the team.  There are no threatening letters and no stressful court appearances.
     
  • Once the parties understand all of the issues and reach a mutually acceptable resolution, a written agreement is prepared by the attorneys. Once it is signed, the agreement becomes binding and enforceable.
     
  • In most cases, the collaborative process is less expensive than traditional litigation.

 

To learn more about how we can help you with a collaborative approach, contact me today.

 

“There’s a trick to a ‘graceful exit.’ It begins with the vision to recognize that a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over – and let it go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its past importance in our lives. It involves a sense of future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving up, rather than out.”

-- Ellen Goodman

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