Collaborative Divorce

The Amicable Divorce Option

Collaborative Divorce Practice is a way for spouses to resolve disputes respectfully and confidentially. Collaborative Divorce seeks to help two people reach a settlement they can both agree upon without intervention from the court. Lawyers for each spouse help them make decisions about their family and finances in a cooperative setting, rather than adversarial.

Everyone involved in Collaborative Divorce is committed to helping the situation move toward a negotiated outcome. During this time, no litigation may be commenced. Each individual will be represented by their own attorney with training in the Collaborative Divorce Practice.

Collaborative Divorce also provides clients with specially trained Collaborative professionals, such as mental health professionals, financial specialist and child specialists, to educate, support, and guide clients in reaching balances, respectful and lasting agreements without court intervention.

If you want to learn more about the Collaborative Divorce Practice, you can consult the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals or Collaborative Practice California.

Benefits of Collaborative Practice:

  • Efficient
  • Preserves relationships
  • Team of Collaborative professionals dedicated to assisting with the resolution of all issues involved in the dissolution of a marriage
  • Independent representation by a Collaboratively trained attorney
  • Transparency and full disclosure of all materials, facts, and information
  • No court involvement
  • Confidential

The Value of a Collaborative Divorce: Priceless!

Preservation of the family assets. The open sharing of financial information leads to sound financial decision making and a better ability to project future financial situations for the family such as buying a new home, saving for retirement and college planning.

A divorce centered around the common values of your family. The clients decide what is important and the Collaborative Team works to formulate resolutions that fit those priorities.

A child focused divorce. The child specialist gives the children a voice, provides an appropriate assessment of their needs, and provides the children with support.

Preservation of relationships. A functional and healthy co-parenting relationship can be developed, fostered and preserved. The parent-child relationships can be preserved so that the children remain connected to both parents in a positive way. These relationships allow the children to see the parents as a "team" that is reliable, steady and present even if they live in two different homes.

A smoother transition. Many things change in divorce. Coaching support helps everyone establish new boundaries, manage difficult emotions, transition from married partners to co-parents, learn to parent by agreement and through disagreement, find new ways to engage with each other to meet parenting needs while maintaining independent lives.

The right professional for the right task. Having financials deal with finances and coaches deal with difficult emotional and parenting issues while the lawyers take care of the legal issues, means the clients get better value for their dollars. Everyone does what they do best!

Better communication. Couples often do not communicate well when they are married and it can get worse during a divorce. In a Collaborative Divorce the coaches help the clients learn to communicate in positive ways that suit their new roles as co-parents or divorcing partners.

Less stress. Divorce is hard enough, keeping families out of court and in a collaborative and cooperative process makes it a bit easier on everyone.

A team. The professional team serves as a role model to the family as they work together to serve the family and their needs. The team can help the clients to see each other as human. The team is committed to the Collaborative Divorce Process and the same standards of communication that we ask of our clients.

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