Collaborative divorce offers a non-adversarial, respectful approach to divorce or separation that does not involve the courts. Instead, couples work with attorneys and other professionals to create their own terms as a sort of “customized” divorce.

The idea is that the team is stronger than an individual. Collaborative law starts with a collaboratively trained attorney for each party. In more complex cases, other team members may be worked in, based on the unique needs of the situation. For example, a certified financial analyst is best to help with separating assets and structuring support. If you have children or face complex co-parenting issues, a child behavioral specialist can be called in to assist with family dynamics.

Carolyn’s experience in collaborative law means she has a team she can call for specific issues. Those who are called in are also trained and experienced in collaborative law, so they understand the process and can make recommendations based on the best interests of both parties.

The collaborative divorce process is an ideal approach if both parties are amicable and able to communicate openly. A fundamental goal is to preserve your resources, and allocate money and funds only when needed.

The guiding principles for collaborative practice are respect, dignity, openness and fairness. Accordingly, here are the four key elements of the collaborative divorce practice:

  • The voluntary, free and open exchange of information
  • The pledge not to litigate in court (and the mandatory disqualification of both attorneys and team professionals if either party chooses to litigate)
  • A commitment from the professionals to use best skills and knowledge to help clients craft the most mutually beneficial settlement
  • A balanced commitment to respect both parties, as well as shared interests and goals

The process is an on-going collaboration that finishes when all aspects of the separation are settled. It can be quite basic for some, such as those with few assets. It can also get quite complex, like when there are custody issues, a deep portfolio of financial assets, or special needs children. These are just some examples.

Collaborative law is not about the amount of assets, though – it’s about preserving the relationship and working through a separation amicably without having to go to court.

Conflict is inevitable; combat is a choice. The collaborative process is understandably much less stressful than a litigation divorce, and is highly preferred by both parties if they are suited for it. Carolyn doesn’t want divorce to be harder than it has to be. Through the collaborative process, we can help you create an outcome that keeps you and your ex-partner on the best of terms, and in the best interests of your financial, emotional and overall well-being.

For a consultation, call our office. We’ll also tell you more about the process, and if it’s the best fit for you and your family