Mediation & Collaborative Divorce
Collaborative Practice is now being offered by a growing number of lawyers and counselors to offer divorcing couples an alternative to the traditional divorce.
What is a Collaborative Divorce?
In a collaborative divorce, each spouse has his own attorney who is trained to work in a non-adversarial way as part of a collaborative team consisting of two divorce "Coaches," a neutral Financial Specialist and a Child Specialist. Each party selects his own Collaborative Lawyer and Divorce Coach, and together they choose the Financial and Child Specialists.
The object of the Collaborative model is to permit the parties to settle each and every aspect of their divorce through a series of meetings with one or all members of the team. In fact, a signed Participation Agreement commits the parties to refrain from any participation in a court process until the final agreement is put to judgment. All team members agree to withdraw if the case goes to court. Parties agree to transparency and open sharing of information with a willingness to keep agreements.
Collaborative Divorce focuses on resolving problems and creating solutions. Communication is civil and respectful. The expertise of each team member is brought to bear on creating solutions and these different views offer surprisingly different and workable options for the family.
Benefits of a Collaborative Divorce
This private, less adversarial model permits divorcing couples to make well-informed and appropriate decisions for themselves and their families and to make long-lasting solutions which result in less future conflict. They protect themselves and their children from the hostility and intrusion of the court process. The security and privacy of the collaborative process promise reduced anxiety and more control of the outcome. By using a creative, respectful approach to reaching a mutually acceptable agreement, the Collaborative process permits good people to be their best in a bad time.
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