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
- 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
- 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.