Divorce is a stressful time. In addition to the emotions involved, parties must deal with the often mysterious legal process as well. Collaborative Law offers divorcing couples another way.
A Collaborative Divorce starts by retaining an attorney who is trained in Collaborative law. Both parties must be in agreement with the Collaborative process, and each party must retain their own attorney. During the first Collaborative meeting, the parties will sign a Collaborative Law Participation Agreement.
A major part of that Agreement is that the parties will work in good faith to negotiate their own solution and will not rely on the Court to find one for them. The parties essentially agree to keep the matter out of Court. After that, usually through a series of short meetings, the parties discuss their concerns and attempt to resolve the case. The meetings may include other professionals such as therapists and/or financial advisors if the parties agree these persons can be helpful.
Like with traditional divorce, Collaborative Divorce is not always easy, but it can be more efficient, and allows the parties more control over the solutions for their family.
If you have questions about Collaborative law or wish to pursue a Collaborative approach to your Divorce, contact the attorneys at Slotegraaf Niehoff, P.C.