What is Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative divorce is an alternative way of resolving your differences with your spouse and creating a mutually-acceptable divorce settlement. In collaborative law, attorneys for both sides work with the parties to resolve their conflicts by using techniques that foster cooperation rather than adversarial methods and courtroom litigation. The spouses and their attorneys make a commitment to negotiate a settlement. Litigation is not considered an option during the negotiations.
A participation agreement is signed by both parties and their lawyers. This sets out the provisions for the negotiation proceedings. Typical provisions in a collaborative divorce agreement may include:
- Stipulations that all communication during the process shall be constructive
- Purpose that outstanding issues will be resolved in a non-antagonistic manner
- Parties may rely on their attorneys to help them reach an agreement
- Neutral experts may be used, such as financial, medical, or psychological advisors, to assist them in reaching a settlement
- Involved parties will act in the best interests of their children
Four-way negotiation sessions are then used by the parties and their attorneys to explore their options in settling their differences and coming up with a divorce agreement they can both live with.
Helping Clients with Divorce Settlements
If you are looking for an alternative method of handling your divorce rather than through a hostile legal battle in the courts, collaborative divorce may be the answer. This alternative is available at the Law Offices of Michael D. Burt with the legal assistance of our passionate legal team.
Our law firm is focused exclusively on the field of divorce and
family law which gives us an advantage over other firms which handle a variety of legal areas. Our family law attorney has extensive knowledge and experience in resolving California divorces and other family law issues and offers alternative methods for handling divorce, including
mediation and collaborative law.