The Collaborative Divorce process begins with education and understanding that collaborative divorce is a solution based alternative to traditional divorce.
Committing to the Process
The collaborative divorce process is an out of court process designed to assist you and your spouse in making important decisions. You will be assisted by your attorney and a neutral financial professional and a neutral mental health professional who serves as a communication coach in the process. One of the key components of the collaborative process is for you and your spouse to establish your goals in the final settlement.
One of the first steps in the collaborative divorce process is to gather important information including all of the family’s assets and debts. The financial neutral will play an important role in helping you to pull this information together.
After all of the information is gathered, the collaborative team will assist you in looking at all of the options for resolving financial and child custody issues. During the brainstorming portion of the collaborative meetings, the team will help to address how the options can accomplish the goals that you each set out in the initial team meeting.
Ultimately there is some give and take on both sides to reach a divorce settlement that allows you and your spouse to accomplish your goals. The different options can be negotiated to get to a win-win solution.
Reaching an Agreement
When the parties reach their divorce settlement, the attorneys will draft the legal documents that both parties will sign, allowing your divorce case to be concluded in a dignified and efficient manner.