COLLABORATIVE LAW is an alternative process available in family law cases where both parties agree that they will remove the decision-making from the Court and instead make those decisions together through the collaborative process.
The collaborative approach is confidential and meant to provide a forum in which the parties can proceed in a respectful manner. Collaborative law may minimize some of the more confrontational or destructive elements that can result from a traditional divorce. Because Collaborative Divorce utilizes a method known as “interest-based negotiation,” this enables spouses to formulate agreements that focus on their most important individual and mutual goals.
Our attorneys are well-versed and trained in Collaborative Law and will guide you through the process while also advocating for your best interests.
How Does Divorce Work Under Collaborative Law?
The divorce process can be handled in many different ways, depending on the needs of the clients seeking to end their marital relationship. While the media often portrays divorce as two people waging war against one another, the reality is that it doesn’t have to be that way.
Collaborative Divorce is a private and confidential process and is a means to equalize the balance of power, support the parties involved and provide the resources and structure necessary for the parties to arrive at a mutually agreeable settlement. Just as in a traditional divorce, each party has their specially-trained collaborative law attorney; however, depending on the family’s particular circumstances and needs, additional professionals are engaged to assist in the resolution of financial, parenting, and other pertinent issues and for providing additional support.
Collaborative Divorce provides divorcing couples an alternative to a traditional courtroom divorce and a way to maintain control over the end-result which very often is not the case in a non-collabortive divorce.