A collaborative divorce process provides the opportunity for a cordial and cost-efficient divorce through inexpensive family law advice, effective consultation periods, and a commitment toward a no-dispute resolution for both parties involved. It is possible through a collaborative divorce to maintain family values, preserve parental relationships for both parents, and sustain a healthy relationship between the spouses.
The collaborative divorce process is faster than traditional divorce and helps achieve a long-lasting, mutually beneficial, and affordable resolution that comes as a result of your own decisions. The non-adversarial process of collaborative divorce is helpful from all perspectives.
How Does A Collaborative Divorce Work?
- First, both spouses meet with their respective attorneys and discuss their individual needs and concerns.
- Both spouses and their attorneys are required to sign an agreement that directs the attorneys to withdraw from the case if they do not arrive at a settlement and if the case goes to the court.
- The partners and their attorneys meet for collective sessions regularly and try to reach a settlement without the involvement of the court.
- In these sessions, all issues pertaining to the divorce process, such as property division, financial support, parenting time, and child custody are discussed.
- All communications within the proceedings, as per the Collaborative Law Act, are privileged and confidential, a fact that encourages broader communication between the divorcing parties.
- If needed, other professionals including financial experts, child custody specialists, and mental health professionals might join the sessions to help the spouses arrive at decisions with compassion.
- The divorcing parties focus on resolving all matters with a mature and positive approach, considering each other in good faith. The two partners strive to make the right decisions, whether or not in their own favor.
- When a settlement is reached on all important issues, the attorneys file the appropriate paperwork for the court and the divorce is finalized on an uncontested basis.
A collaborative divorce can save you from stringent trials and litigious hearings. It can dramatically reduce the conflicts and expenses involved in a traditional divorce. Whether you begin your divorce with a collaborative approach or use it only for a part of your process, it helps you get through a divorce with dignity.
An experienced family law attorney at Salvaggio Law Group can advise you on the many options for obtaining a divorce and help you weigh these options before arriving at a decision. If collaborative divorce seems the best approach for your case, the Salvaggio Law Group will help you get through it with ease and peace of mind.
For a confidential consultation with an attorney at Salvaggio Law Group, call at (973) 455-1220.