Collaborative Divorce is a new way for a divorcing couple to work as a team with trained professionals to resolve disputes respectfully, without going to court.
In a Collaborative Divorce, each spouse has the support, protection and guidance of his or her own lawyer. Often, other professionals such as child specialists, financial specialists, and divorce coaches will be brought in to advise on matters in their areas of expertise. At Divorce Settlement Solutions we provide you with a group of trained specialists.
Collaborative Divorce is not a dispute resolution option in the same sense as mediation or arbitration. Rather, collaborative divorce is a set of voluntary ground rules entered into by the professionals hired by you and your spouse. While the details vary from collaborative practice to collaborative practice, the central idea is that the following inviolable core elements are set out in a contractual commitment among all the parties:
If you are one of those folks that says “we’re only going to hire lawyers if we can’t work it out and it gets really ugly” then Collaborative Divorce is for you. This process allows you all the benefits of getting legal advice without the negative possibilities of involving lawyers in your personal life. Certified Divorce Financial Analysts help you make good decisions about financial issues. For example, they advise you about the hidden pitfalls of the tax code and the intricate rules imposed by the U.S. Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service governing retirement plans. They make sure you don’t make document drafting mistakes that cost both parties in ways they didn’t expect. Collaborative Divorce lawyers make sure you understand the law, your rights, your obligations and the legal effect of your decisions. Collaborative Divorce gives you all the benefits of good legal representation without any of the negative factors.
Although some people still choose to fight their differences out in court, knowledge of these options give you other opportunities to try to settle your case without the financial and emotional burdens that generally come with litigation. Couples can now reach lasting solutions that benefit both parties and their children.