Divorce, like mediation,
is a less confrontational approach to divorce, and usually
leads to more positive results than a traditional litigated
a Collaborative Divorce couples commit to work together
to make custody, visitation and financial decisions that
serve the best interests of all family members, including
the children. Each spouse enlists their own attorney, and
all four participants agree in writing that they will not
take the case to court. If the parties are not able to settle
their differences, both lawyers must withdraw from any further
representation of these clients.
two attorneys, both of whom must be trained in collaborative
law, act as legal advisors, facilitating negotiation and
finding solutions to difficult issues. The parties and the
lawyers meet in a series of four-way settlement conferences.
These meetings are structured to foster open communication
and a constructive atmosphere conducive to creative problem-solving.
Because two attorneys are involved, Collaborative
Divorce is somewhat more costly than Mediation—but
still substantially less expensive—and time consuming—than
the old model of divorce.
Divorce v. Mediation and other FAQ's
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