HOW DOES THE COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE PROCESS WORK?
The collaborative divorce process promotes open communication and also recognizes the challenge inherent in the process. The divorcing couple schedules a series of joint meetings to achieve the following:
- Identify the priorities and needs of each spouse
- Gather and exchange information
- Develop and evaluate options and alternatives
- Construct a sustainable agreement
You and your collaborative professionals work together to address these goals and reach a resolution. Mutual respect allows this process to progress and provides a framework for any future relationships.
WHAT ARE THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF
THE COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE PROCESS?
The collaborative divorce process includes:
- The divorcing couple freely discloses all financial information and pertinent material facts
- Confidentiality of all information exchanges in joint meetings shall be maintained
- All experts are retained jointly and these experts shall remain neutral
- Everyone behaves courteously and acts in good faith
WHO IS ON THE COLLABORATIVE TEAM?
The team members will include Attorneys who are collaboratively trained. The team members may also include:
- A Coach who is a professional trained to facilitate communication within the process and manages the emotional aspects of the divorce thereby reducing disruption and damage
- A Child Specialist who addresses the development and needs of children
- A Financial Specialist who is trained as a financial analyst or CPA and reviews such things as cash flow, asset values and tax consequences
- A Pension Attorney who identifies, reviews and explains the division of retirement benefits, available distribution options and tax consequences
To find out more about collaborative divorce contact one of the collaborative professionals listed on our “Team Members” page.Our team