A Collaborative Divorce is a method some clients and attorneys use that does not involve litigation. Both parties are represented by attorneys that have been trained in the collaborative law process. Instead of working against each other, the parties sign an agreement that they will not file any claims with the court and each attorney works together to sort through the divorce process and reach an amicable resolution for everyone involved.
Generally, the attorneys will schedule a series of meetings with or without their clients to discuss various issues and work toward creative solutions that address both parties’ concerns and goals. In the event that the parties and their attorneys reach an impass, professionals such as mediators, arbitrators, accountants and therapists can be brought in to offer a neutral opinion or work with the parties if they are struggling with a particular issue. The collaborative attorneys ensure that everyone participates in a respectful and professional manner.
The collaborative divorce process is almost always a less expensive, less time consuming and less stressful method of going through a separation and divorce. Once a mutual agreement has been reached, a separation agreement can be drafted and signed all without ever stepping foot in a courtroom. One of the benefits of a collaborative divorce is that both parties are encouraged to maintain a civil relationship with one another after the divorce. This is especially important when there are children involved.
With a Collaborative Divorce, both parties are encouraged to have a voice in the negotiations. The process allows the parties to address the emotional issues of the separation and divorce, as well as the property issues. It’s also beneficial for people who want to maintain a level of privacy throughout their separation and divorce and do not want to air their dirty laundry in a public forum.
A Collaborative Divorce is an effective alternative to the traditional divorce process. However, the process cannot work unless both parties are acting in good faith and agree to freely share financial information.
If getting a Collaborative Divorce is something that interests you and you want to attempt to maintain a good connection with your spouse due to children, family or even religious requirements, contact a ua today to discuss the process in more detail.