Collaborative divorce has been shown to preserve family relationships, reduce legal expenses, and offer solutions that satisfy the core interests of the divorcing spouses rather than resorting to a win-lose outcome.
Collaborative divorce is different from the traditional adversarial course of action normally pursued in family law matters. For instance, the lawyers involved in a collaborative process cannot represent their clients in litigation as the process itself side steps the courts. If the process breaks down, clients may pursue the courts but, in this instance, they must retain new lawyers. This scenario establishes a vested interest in the parties involved to achieve a settlement and to remain focused.
Collaborative Lawyers are specifically trained and certified to carry out the collaborative process. Before the process begins, all parties must sign a participation agreement stating that the process will be respectful and that the settlement achieved will reflect what matters most to each client.
Another advantage is the control the parties have over moving forward as quickly or as slowly as they wish. In contrast, resolving family law matters through the court can be very lengthy.
There are many other benefits associated with collaborative divorce. Please contact our firm and we would be happy to discuss them with you.