» Collaborative Divorce
Divorce is difficult on children no matter the process. collaborative divorce can help ease the burden. Because it’s a very client-centered process, the needs of children are emphasized and prioritized in Collaborative. Many times the Collaborative team includes a child specialist, which is a licensed mental health professional trained to help parents and professionals focus on the developmental needs and feelings of children and develop a co-parenting plan designed to meet those needs.
While there is no set timeline for a traditional or a Collaborative divorce, there is a tendency for Collaborative to take less time. While each family situation is different, Collaborative provides a forward-looking, problem-solving approach, as opposed to litigation which often requires focusing on the past and assigning blame.
The Collaborative process typically starts when one or both parties consult with a collaboratively trained attorney. With the help of their attorneys, the parties may select additional professionals to be party of a collaborative team. Additional professionals include Financial Neutrals, Divorce Coaches, and Child Specialists. Each member of the Collaborative team must sign a Collaborative participation agreement, which requires 100% disclosure of all material facts, mutual respect, sharing of experts and information, and most importantly, a pledge to keep the matter out of court. The end-goal of Collaborative is to reach an amicable and mutually acceptable solution.
Collaborative is alternative dispute process that can be used to resolve family matters out of court and with the assistance of a professional team. As part of the collaborative process, both parties retain their own attorneys. Both parties and their counsel sign a collaborative participation agreement that requires a commitment to transparency and to resolve matters out of court.