When clients are contemplating a divorce, frequently their lives are in emotional and financial turmoil. Crucial decisions are made during the dissolution of a marriage that will have long term effects on each spouse, as well as on their children. Collaborative Divorce is an alternative conflict resolution process designed to minimize the adverse emotional and financial effects of divorce on the family.
In the Collaborative Divorce process, both clients are represented by attorneys who facilitate resolution of their divorce in an open, honest and cooperative manner without going to court. The focus of collaborative divorce is the clients' needs and interests rather than on adversarial court proceedings.
Collaborative divorce follows an interdisciplinary approach so that clients not only have the support of their respective collaborative attorneys, but they also may be supported by communciation coaches and a financial specialist, who work as a team to guide the clients through every step of the divorce process. If there are children, a child specialist, can give a voice to the children's needs and concerns. The collaborative divorce team provides emotional, financial and legal support as the couple is guided towards resolution of all issues.
In collaborative divorce cases, clients and their collaborative team agree in writing that they will not go to court. All negotiations are done by the clients in the presence of and with the support of their team of professionals in an open, transparent manner. Clients work with their attorneys and all other members of the team to find an outcome that is in the best interest of the family as a whole.
Referrals for collaborative divorce professionals are available on the Home page.
COLLABORATIVE COMMUNICATION COACHES
provide clients with tools for better and more productive communication as they negotiate their financial and property issues as they divide their marital estate and their parenting plan, if there are children.
Collaborative Coaches work with the clients to:
Note: Although coaches are licensed mental health professionals, they will be acting in the role of
coach, and will not be providing therapy for you or your spouse.
A COLLABORATIVE CHILD SPECIALIST'S
primary responsibility is to the child, and, thus, is an advocate for the child in the collaborative process.
The Child Specialist will also:
Note: Although the Child Specialist is a licensed mental health professional, the specialist will not
be providing therapy for your child.
THE COLLABORATIVE FINANCIAL SPECIALIST
is a neutral on the collaborative team and assists clients to gather financial data and create budgets, and during negotiations, answer questions that arise about the client's respective financial circumstances.
The Collaborative Financial Specialist works with clients to:
COLLABORATIVE LAW ATTORNEYS
provide the legal advice and counsel and prepare all legal documents necessary to initiate the divorce proceedings, all settlement documents and the final decree.
A collaborative law attorney:
The information provided in this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send confidential information to us as no attorney-client relationship is established.
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