Collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial alternative to traditional litigation that requires a commitment to stay out of court. It is a process that allows clients to divorce with dignity. Through a series of client-centered, goal-directed meetings involving collaboratively trained lawyers and neutral financial and mental health professionals as needed, a binding agreement is written. Simplified documents are then filed in the public record and a final hearing is scheduled so that the judge can sign off on the agreement and grant the divorce.
Why Collaborative Divorce?
Taking a path of collaborative divorce offers several benefits for both stakeholders involved:
- It saves time and money.
- The resolution takes place more peacefully and collaboratively.
- It encourages open discussion and communication.
- Allows both parties to negotiate in their best interests.
How It Works
No Court Appearances: To initiate the collaborative divorce process, both parties have to sign a ‘no court’ agreement. This guarantees that if the case proceeds and goes to the litigation court, we have the right to withdraw from it.
Negotiation: The process of collaborative divorce focuses on respectful negotiation and mediation.
Communication: Our attorney will meet with you to discuss your expectations from this process. Throughout the entire process emphasis is placed on open communication between all parties.
Consent on Parameters: We will meet with the other party’s attorney during each stage of the process to agree on specific parameters between both parties.