Collaborative Divorce centers on you, the client.
It’s about what you want and need, not about court action. So, first, you pledge to be collaborative. The key difference between Collaborative Law Practice and conventional divorce is the pledge to reach an agreement without going to court. You and your spouse keep control of the decisions yourselves, rather than giving that control to a judge. In order to accomplish that, all of the parties consent in writing to be a part of a respectful process that leads to an out-of-court resolution. With Collaborative Law Practice, the goal is to develop effective relationships, solve problems jointly, and prevent a court battle.
Next, we open lines of communication. Even under the best of circumstances, communication can be strained as a relationship is ending. Yet keeping the lines of communication open is essential for reaching an agreement. Collaborative Law Practice provides for face-to-face meetings with you, your spouse and your respective family law attorney and other advisers as needed. These sessions are intended to produce an honest exchange of information and expression of needs and expectations. When the issues are openly discussed, problem solving can be direct and solutions-oriented.
Then, we reach an agreement everyone can live with. If you’ve reached a decision about divorce, you may be reassured to know that Collaborative Family Law Practice focuses on attaining resolution. The Collaborative Model is designed to protect the interests of children and help you and your spouse move forward with new lives. Throughout, the Collaborative Process emphasizes cooperating to find solutions. And instead of being an endless airing of grievances, Collaborative Law Practice encourages spouses to reach a workable settlement by building on areas on mutual agreement.
You get support when you need it the most.
Divorce usually involves many considerations, from concern for children to financial questions to property matters. Along with handling the overall emotional impact, managing by yourself can be difficult. For that reason, Collaborative Law Practice offers you a supportive approach. You and I, as your family law specialist, work as a team. Other professionals including mental health professionals, child specialists, and financial consultants can become part of your team, helping find constructive solutions to deal with divorce’s wide-ranging issues and establish goals for the future.
It focuses on the future.
Divorce ends a marriage but need not sever family ties or relationships. Especially when children are involved, lifelong responsibilities remain. By preserving respect and encouraging cooperation, Collaborative Law Practice helps parents and children keep family bonds while embracing new lives. Divorce will always remain a significant life event. In the face of it, Collaborative Law Practice can lead you and your family to a compassionate ending, and a healthy new beginning.