Looking for an alternative to a contentious war with your spouse in a courtroom? An amicable, respectful and dignified out-of-court divorce is possible. Collaborative Divorce is the answer you have been looking for.
Collaborative divorce is a dignified, cooperative and respectful process in which a separating/divorcing couple, with the assistance of their attorneys and other professionals, works together to negotiate the best outcome for both participants. A pledge is made by the attorney to stay out of court. This puts you, not a judge, in charge of all the major decisions that need to be made during this emotional and uncertain time.
The name says it all. You and your spouse make a pledge to address your issues without threatening language or resorting to expensive court proceedings, to produce all financial records and to not speak negatively about the other parent in front of their children. Resolution, not destruction, is the goal.
The first step is to determine if this is the right process for you and your spouse. If you and your spouse agree that the marriage is at an end and wish to resolve issues in a respectful way such that the best interest of your child(ren) is the primary goal, collaborative divorce may be the best option.
You and your spouse will each select a collaborative divorce attorney. Next, in consultation with your collaborative divorce attorney, a team of other professionals, such as a child specialist, financial specialist and/or divorce coach, may be considered depending on the particular needs of you, your spouse and your children. Some of the specialists may be neutrals, meaning that you and your spouse may both benefit from the specialist, saving you time and money.
Next, your collaborative team will work with you toward reaching a resolution. Each side must recognize that compromises will be made, but with a collaborative approach, a custody and financial plan can be achieved that works best for you and your children.
Learn more by contacting Nicole R. Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 518-581-3200 ext. 308.