When a marriage or relationship ends, most people fear the legal process will take a long time, cost a lot of money and create bitterness. Most also worry about how harmful the breakup will be on their children. Collaborative family law offers another way.
Collaborative family law is a unique, reasonable approach to handling a divorce or other family law matter and is founded on three core principles:
- a written pledge not to fight in court and withdrawal of the hired professionals if either party ultimately chooses to fight in court.
- open communication between the parties with an honest and good faith exchange of information.
- and negations that lead to a mutually acceptable settlement, taking into account the highest priorities of all family members.
When you engage in the collaborative process, you use specially trained lawyers as well as mental health and financial specialists to maximize the positive outcomes for every member of your family.
It’s a productive process for divorcing couples and those wanting legal separations, annulments, pre- or post-nuptial agreements, the dissolution of non-marital and same-sex relationships, and for paternity cases. The issues addressed in collaborative cases are the same ones addressed in traditionally litigated cases: child custody and placement, property valuation and division, child support, maintenance (alimony), taxes, and insurance.