Collaborative divorce is a team based approach. The "team" is made up of an attorney for both you and your spouse, and two neutral professionals, specifically a financial professional and a divorce coach. Each professional offer a unique prospective and expertise. Using a financial professional means that there is no financial issues too complicated or unresolvable. And the divorce coach assists the team with identifying and addressing the difficult emotional issues surrounding a divorce. The goal is to create a settlement agreement that is best for you and your family.
The collaborative model emphasizes respect and privacy. This process is often less time-consuming and cost efficient. The collaborative approach is designed to preserve both of your interests and needs.
How does it work?
First, we help you identify what is important to you, your spouse and your family. Second, we help you gather all your financial information. Then you, your spouse, your attorneys and the two professionals meet to discuss all the options to resolve the issues surrounding your divorce. Again, the goal is to create a comprehensive settlement agreement that the court will approve.
How does this process differ from the traditional method of divorce?
The collaborative process offers you a team of experts that focus on resolution rather than conflict. Also, collaborative divorces are typically less stressful than the traditional divorce because the goal is to work together to create an agreement that works for your whole family.
Both you and your spouse will hire a divorce lawyer, one that is trained in the collaborative law process. You’ll agree to engage in the collaborative process with respect and civility toward each other and the team. This is the key ingredient to successful negotiations.
You will meet with the attorneys and the other team members such as financial professionals, child specialists, mental health professionals to negotiate and try to come to agreement on the issues.
Together the team develops a comprehensive settlement agreement that resolves parenting and financial issues.
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