18 April 2014 0 Comments

Is Collaborative Divorce Right for Me?

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iStock 000035245220Small 300x199 Is Collaborative Divorce Right for Me?More and more couples are choosing Alternative Dispute Resolution for their divorce – a way of solving their problems without going to court. It can only work when the couple can communicate and work with each other.

Divorce is not just the ending of a marriage; it is a life-changing transition which is complex, unfamiliar and frequently scary and stressful. In a traditional divorce, the attorneys and courts have the goal of getting a marital settlement, agreeable to both parties. They do not focus on how the settlement is achieved or how the adversarial process impacts the families involved. We all have a choice in how our divorce will proceed. Collaborative divorce is a benefit to all concerned and is not only used by those who agree completely on all issues.

Collaborative divorce is a process in which you and your spouse negotiate an acceptable agreement with some professional help. Each of you must hire a specially trained collaborative attorney who advises and assists you in negotiating a settlement agreement. First you meet separately with your own attorney and then the four of you meet together – on a regular basis. Both spouses and their attorneys sign an agreement that requires the attorneys to withdraw from the case if a settlement is not reached and the cases goes to court.

If that happens, you must find another attorney to represent you. If you do arrive at an agreement, you will eventually have contact with a family court judge – just so he or she can sign your agreement. Once an agreement is reached on all issues, there is no need for a trial or hearings.

In a collaborative divorce, however, the focus is on the well-being of each family member. The spouses have the opportunity to make their own decisions rather than putting their attorneys and the court in charge of the rest of their lives.

In collaborative divorce, the team supports you in evaluating your options, goals and exploring ways of reaching an agreement that is a win/win for all. You are free to create your own solutions and be in control of your life rather than at the mercy of a legal system which is highly impersonal; your divorce is respectful.

When you are going through an emotional and stressful divorce or custody dispute, you need to know that you have the best working on your side. This is what you receive when you choose to work with the dedicated legal team at the family law offices of Holstrom, Sissung & Block.

We will work tirelessly to provide you the best possible results for your difficult situation by offering compassionate, responsive, and effective representation. Call us today in one of our conveniently located offices in Riverside, Orange or San Bernardino County. Contact a Collaborative Divorce Attorney to learn more about your options. The initial consultation is free.

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