Collaborative Divorce

Susan offers a free 30 minute consultation to discuss options to resolve issues surrounding your divorce.

What are the goals of the Collaborative Process?

Maintaining Respectful Relationships

  • Maintain a good working relationship with spouse
  • Continue relationships with extended family
  • Provide financial security
  • Reduce the negative effect of divorce on children
  • Work together on developing  routines for your children will help them transition into a new family dynamic

Cooperation instead of Conflict

  • The very nature of litigation pits one party against the other as opponents
  • The collaborative law process begins with an agreement that protects the interests of both parties in several ways
    • Each party’s attorney will be present at every meeting
    • Each party will be provided with the information needed to make  decisions
    • Expert assistance will be available for financial, mental health or other issues where appropriate
    • Parties have final authority to make decisions regarding the resolutions of issues of custody, support and the distribution of assets/liabilities

Privacy

  • Information and outcomes remain private and are not exposed in any court proceeding or public record
  • In the litigation process,  private matters are made public
  • In the litigation process, Marital Settlement Agreements are sometimes made public
  • The collaborative process  takes place in private meetings of the parties and their counsel,  agreements can remain confidential if the parties agree

Control

  • Parties and their counsel maintain control of the collaborative process
  • Parties do not cede control of their outcomes or schedules to the court system
  • All decisions in the collaborative law process are made by the parties
  • Support payments can be based upon the true needs of the individuals rather than  a statutory formula
  • The agreement regarding distribution of assets and liabilities is developed by the parties with full knowledge of the facts and applicable law

The Collaborative Process is not for you if:

  • You feel that it would be impossible for you to be in the room with your spouse, even with a professional team present.
  • Your goal is to get as much of the marital estate as possible without regard for your spouse’s interests.
  • You are committed to avoiding getting divorced at all or postponing it as long as possible.
  • You have so much distrust of your spouse that even with a financial professional examining all relevant financial documents, you still would not feel comfortable making financial decisions.
  • You do not want to take responsibility for decision making with respect to the issues involved in your divorce.