Collaborative Divorce is a process that allows you and your spouse to negotiate the terms of your own divorce with minimal court involvement. In fact, a central feature of the Collaborative process is that you, your spouse, and your Collaborative team must sign a participation agreement that requires you to keep matters out of Court. The participation agreement also requires transparency so that you and your spouse are free to communicate openly throughout the Collaborative process, knowing that nothing you say will be used against you in Court. In regular meetings with your Collaborative team, you and your spouse have the opportunity to identify shared-interests and goals, and to brainstorm options to reach a mutually acceptable resolution. Not only is Collaborative often less expensive and stressful than litigation, it also provides a framework for resolving disputes and building positive momentum for the future.
Divorce is an emotional, financial, and legal process. In Collaborative, you and your spouse will be represented and supported by your attorneys throughout the process. Depending on your family's needs, various other professionals are available to help as part of your Collaborative team, including financial neutrals, who helps evaluate your financial situation, needs, and options; divorce coaches, who address emotional issues particular to the divorce process; and child specialists that help evaluate the developmental needs of your children and resolve co-parenting challenges. Your Collaborative team adds value to the divorce process by allowing you and your spouse to have the benefit of attorneys, as well as a highly qualified, skill-specific team to address all aspects of your divorce.
Shelly Ingram is a certified Maryland Collaborative Divorce Attorney. She begins work with you by listening to your concerns and helping you identify your goals and interests for the divorce process and the future beyond it. Collaborative is an excellent choice for many families, but it is not for everyone. Shelly is skilled in a variety of dispute resolution options, and will help you identify what divorce process is best for your needs. If you decide that Collaborative divorce is right for you, Shelly works with, and advocates for, you throughout the process, from helping to assemble the Collaborative team to finalizing your final divorce documents.
The Law Office of Shelly Ingram serves clients throughout Maryland, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Major cities we serve include Columbia, Baltimore, Bethesda and Silver Spring.
We invite you to review our Collaborative Divorce FAQS to learn more about Collaborative Divorce.
To contact the Law Office of Shelly Ingram, or to schedule a confidential office consultation, call (301) 658-7354 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to helping you create the future you want for yourself and your family.