Protect your children, your privacy and your finances. Avoid the agony and stress, delays and unpredictability of a court battle. With Collaborative Divorce, you craft your own agreements, rather than leaving crucial decisions about your children and finances to a judge.
Collaborative Divorce provides couples and families like yours with an alternative to a traditional adversarial court-based divorce process. In a Collaborative Divorce each of you has an attorney dedicated only to assisting you to reach a satisfactory out-of-court resolution. It provides each of you with the best of both worlds – the advice and protection of an attorney, but an attorney committed to achieving settlement. The attorneys’ roles are limited so that neither attorney can expand it into representation in an expensive, protracted adversarial proceeding.
Your Collaborative attorneys can also help you decide whether you will benefit from a neutral facilitator, a neutral financial professional or other neutral professionals to work with you to identify goals, agree on arrangements during the divorce, gather information, brainstorm solutions, then negotiate, draft, and implement your agreement. Unlike an adversarial process, where the clients often each hire “dueling” experts for every dispute, in the Collaborative Process joint neutral experts are carefully recommended to provide just the assistance each couple or family needs. Your attorneys and neutral professionals guide and support you as problem-solvers, not enemies.
Core commitments of a Collaborative Divorce:
- To negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution without having courts decide issues.
- To maintain open communication and complete information sharing.
- To create shared solutions acknowledging the highest priorities of all.