Is Collaborative Divorce Right for My Case?
Collaborative family law is a unique field that has been around for the past 20 or so years. Its philosophy is based upon a more respectful and dignified divorce process, taking into consideration the best interests of ALL family members at ALL times. Collaborative divorce offers many benefits over traditional divorce, including:
- the possibility of saving money on attorneys’ fees compared to litigation conflict
- negotiating a resolution at a pace that works for the parties, not dictated by the court
- talking about compromise without using the threat of battling in court
- focusing on creative problem solving
- attacking the problems, not each other
If you have questions about whether collaborative divorce is right for your case, let us be the first to answer your questions. We have extensive experience in the field and can talk with you openly about your situation and help you determine whether collaborative divorce is right for you.
Contact First Look Family Law for a free 30-consultation on your collaborative divorce.
How Does Collaborative Divorce Work?
As part of the Collaborative law process, each party retains a Collaboratively-trained attorney whose sole job is to help the parties settle the dispute without resorting to litigation. Each party also retains a divorce coach, who is a mental health professional who helps each participant deal with the emotions that always accompany a divorce. The coach is not there to provide therapy, just support and insight into the process. In cases with kids, a child specialist will be employed to gain insight into how the children are perceiving the divorce and divorce process, their fears, preferences, and best interests, giving the child a voice but not putting him or her in the center of the conflict. The child specialist often meets with the children of divorcing parents, as well as the parents themselves. And finally, a financial specialist may be involved to review the parties’ finances, value assets where appropriate, and suggest options for property division/support which will benefit everyone. Other experts may be employed as necessary, such as real estate appraisers or vocational experts.
No one may litigate in court. If any party opts out of the process because of an insurmountable impasse, the collaborative case is over and both attorneys and all team members and experts are disqualified from any further involvement in the case. The parties must then start over with retaining new litigation counsel, who will represent them in the contested divorce case.