The emotional repercussions of the breakdown of a marriage make divorce one of the most complicated and difficult of all legal processes. However, complicated court appearances and stressful litigation is not always necessary. For those that are comfortable with settling out of court, collaborative law is an option.
What is Collaborative Law and is it right for you?
Collaborative law is a non-adversarial means to dissolving a marriage without minimal court appearances and intervention. The parties usually take part in several meetings with professionals of varying specialties to come to a mutually agreeable settlement arrangement. Generally, this option is for spouses who are non-adversarial, meaning that the parties are not fighting to “win” an advantage over the other.
If you believe that you and your current spouse are willing to proceed through the negotiation process with respect for one another, and with the understanding that any solution needs to be reached in an amicable manner, then collaborative law could be the answer for you. Each party must also be willing to fully and completely disclose all financial and personal information to determine the most lawful and proper settlement outcome.
In addition to reducing stress by avoiding court involvement, collaborative law is often more cost-effective. When spouses are not in agreement, excessive time and resources will almost inevitably be used.
If you are ready to take an active role in your divorce settlement and feel that Collaborative Law may be right for you, you may contact our office directly for a case evaluation.