A Collaborative divorce is a unique process with superior results than a typical divorce, which can be costly and time consuming. There are two types of collaborative cases; Lawyer only and Interdisciplinary.
- Lawyers only collaborative: Consist of two clients and two lawyers.
- Interdisciplinary collaborative law: Consists of two clients, two lawyers plus additional professional resources.
In many collaborative divorces involving children the additional neutral professionals may include child specialist, life coach/councilors, financial specialist and real estate/mortgage specialist.
We recommend before you get started to determine if a Collaborative Divorce is right for you? If you believe your situation can benefit from a Collaborative Divorce, your next step would be for both, you and your spouse to reach out to a collaborative attorney (find one now) and begin the process of setting up meeting and gather information requested by your attorney to get started.
Find your Team
The unique part of Collaborative divorce is that you can have a team of professionals in their own disciplines with the goal to help clients solve disputes in a respectful manor and achieve a healthy and positive outcome. Team roles can be optional and tailored to the specific needs of the family. All the professionals and client on the team are allowed to communicate directly with one another about the case to insure that the desired outcome for both parties is met. The team of professionals typically includes:
Meet with both parties with collaborative attorneys and selected professionals. Go over the Collaborative divorce process in detail, and both parties must sign the participation agreement that pledges both parties are committing to negotiate the entire case outside of court, full disclosure and exchange of information, and a solution that will be positive for both spouses and children if they are involved. At the end of the first meeting follow up meetings are scheduled, it can take 3-6 meetings, depending on the complexity of the issues and how the clients work together, to rectify a resolution.
If both parties committed to the Collaborative divorce process of respect, open communication, full disclosure, and family focused a resolution almost always takes place. Once you find a resolution that both parties are satisfied with, an agreement is drafted by the attorneys. Once both parties sign you are finished with the collaborative process and are legally considered divorced.