What is Collaborative Divorce Law?
While divorce is rarely easy, it doesn’t have to be emotionally and financially destructive or adversarial. Many couples have chosen to dissolve their marriage using cooperative strategies that support the needs of the family’s children, reduce or eliminate expensive court costs and lengthy battles and create a healthier transition for individuals entering a new phase of life. Collaborative Divorce Law is a means for equally-represented parties, assisted by attorneys, to retain control of their situation, resolve conflict and make decisions that impact their family, rather than giving control to the court.
How does Collaborative Divorce work?
Collaborative Divorce employs a team approach which requires honesty and cooperation from both spouses. Each of the parties of the dissolution is represented by an attorney, yet instead of using adversarial tactics, both spouses agree to work together to reach a settlement that supports the future welfare of the family. With the threat of court out of the way, many couples find it’s easier to move toward a shared resolution. Couples must provide the necessary documents and other information to aid in the process. When necessary, experts are retained jointly by both spouses. If a resolution is not met through the collaborative process, the attorneys withdraw, and the spouses are free to find other attorneys to represent them in the trial process.
What are the advantages of Collaborative Divorce?
- Less time consuming
- More cost-effective
- Reduces anxiety about couut processes
- Creates “win-win” situation
- Parity of payment to attorneys so representation is equal
- Parties retain control
- Keeps children’s best interest in the forefront
Is Collaborative Divorce the right choice for everyone?
Collaborative Divorce can be a healthy alternative to traditional divorce litigation; however, it requires a strong commitment from everyone involved to be open and honest. It’s not right for every case. If you are considering Collaborative Divorce for your dissolution, schedule an appointment to speak with Norm Margullis today. His special training and education in the area of Collaborative Divorce Law will enable him to help you determine if it’s an appropriate option for your situation.
For more infromation about this innovative practice, please visit The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals