Collaborative Divorce Lawyer
Mary E. Ramos // Attorney At Law //
While we strongly believe in the added flexibility of a collaborate divorce, at the present time we do not offer these services. We recommend hiring a firm that focuses more than 50% of their practice in this area.
What is a collaborative divorce?
A collaborate divorce is a process where both parties and attorney(s) agree to resolve their case without involving the court. Using this process both parties avoid expensive and unnecessary lengthy proceeding. This process requires that both parties disclose and exchange all information required to make fair and sensible decisions.
How to start a collaborative divorce?
Individuals interested in a collaborative divorce must first discuss this option with the spouse to determine if this is a feasible option for both parties. Once both parties are in agreement, a collaborative divorce lawyer should be consulted. It is important to take time during the initial consultation to discuss the priorities and goals of each party.
What does the first meeting consist of?
- Sign the agreementss and authorizations
- Discuss expectations of conduct
- Discuss the stages
- Discuss court filings
- Make a plan for gathering information
- Discuss current concerns
- Schedule future meetings
What happens if an agreement cannot be reached?
If an agreement cannot be reached, the collaborate attorney must withdraw and both parties will have to seek new attorneys to represent them in preparation for trial.
Benefits of a collaborative divorce:
- Less stress - By using this method of divorce, both parties are willing to resolve issues outside of court.
- Less expensive - The process is less expensive because there is no finanical incentive for the attorney to go forward with contested issues.
- Better communication between the parties
- No threats of litigation
- Professionals committed to settlement