What is a Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative Divorce is a new way for you to resolve marital disputes respectfully, without going to court. The heart of Collaborative Divorce (also called “no-court divorce,” “divorce with dignity,” “peaceful divorce”) is to offer you and your spouse or partner the support, protection, and guidance of your own lawyers without going to court.
Additionally, Collaborative Divorce allows you the benefit of child and financial specialists, divorce coaches, vocational specialists, and other professionals all working together on your team. The ongoing health of children, as well as both parents, is valued and supported throughout the Collaborative Divorce process. Clients define and express long range goals for their post-divorce co-parenting relationship and life-long legacies. From this vision, “shared interests” are discussed, allowing the legal, financial, and shared parenting agreements to emerge through a consensus building dialogue.
What happens if I choose a Collaborative Divorce?
In collaborative divorce, the parties agree to:
- Negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement without having courts decide issues.
- Maintain open communication and information sharing.
- Create shared solutions acknowledging the highest priorities of all.
Divorce is a sensitive personal matter. No single approach is right for everyone. Many couples do find the no-court process known as Collaborative Divorce a welcome alternative to the often destructive, uncomfortable aspects of conventional divorce.
How do I know if Collaborative Divorce is right for me and my partner?
If the following values are important to you, Collaborative Practice is likely to be a workable option for you:
- I want to maintain the tone of respect, even when we disagree.
- I want to prioritize the needs of our children.
- My needs and those of my spouse require equal consideration, and I will listen objectively.
- I believe that working creatively and cooperatively solves issues.
- It is important to reach beyond today’s frustration and pain to plan for the future.
- I can behave ethically toward my spouse/partner.
- I choose to maintain control of the divorce process with my spouse, and not relegate it to the courts.
Does this path sound and feel comfortable for you? You can learn more today by speaking with a Collaborative lawyer, divorce coach, child specialist, vocational specialist, or financial professional about the Collaborative Divorce process.
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