Collaborative Divorce and Other Legal Concerns – The collaborative approach is an “alternative dispute resolution” method which avoids litigation and keeps the parties in control of the outcome of their legal matter. The Collaborative Process relies on a team of skilled collaborative attorneys (and if needed other collaborative professionals, such as divorce coach, parenting coach, financial specialist) to assist the parties in resolving their disputes with minimal collateral damage to the parties and their children. The parties resolve their issues with the assistance of collaboratively trained lawyers and professionals, so as to maximize the parties’ goals while keeping control over the outcome with minimal court intervention in the private lives of the parties. Court is necessary for entry of the final orders and the parties need never appear in Court.
When families split up, people often fear that “things will get ugly” and cause more hurt and anger which already may exist. The collaborative approach to divorce and resolution of family law matters is designed to minimize the stress already occurring between the parties and avoid court, by remembering that you were once a couple and cared about each other. The collaborative approach uses a team of collaboratively trained attorneys and professionals to resolve the issues between the parties through a series of four-way meetings (the parties and their respective attorneys). This approach is routed in honest conversations between the parties and full disclosure of facts relevant to resolving the differences. The parties retain control over the divorce process or family law issues, and they communicate directly with each other respectfully, privately in meetings with their collaborative attorneys and other professionals, if used. The result is often successful resolution which is less expensive than court litigation and definitely less stressful to the parties and to the children, if any.