Reach an Amicable Decision with a Collaborative Divorce
By Henry F. Lewis on March 10, 2019
Collaborative divorces were developed with the intention of creating a more civil, straightforward, and fairer approach to divorce. By choosing this more conciliatory approach to divorce, you can save time and money while building the foundation for a more positive post-divorce relationship with your spouse.
The family law attorneys at Gardner & Lewis, LLP understand the impact that divorce can have on your family and the importance of creating the most amicable circumstances possible. That is why we provide collaborative divorce services for couples in the Oakland, CA, area, with a focus on open communication and negotiation.
What Is a Collaborative Divorce?
A collaborative divorce is a form of alternative dispute resolution that allows you to reach a cooperative, out-of-court divorce agreement. In other words, the goal of a collaborative divorce is to resolve all disputes without a trial or the intervention of a judge. With the help of qualified divorce attorneys, you and your spouse work to define a written agreement on all related support, custody, and property decisions.
The goal of a collaborative divorce is to resolve all disputes without a trial or the intervention of a judge.
During a collaborative legal proceeding, you, your spouse, and your respective attorneys meet in a neutral setting, such as an office or conference room, and work to reach a compromise. Unlike in mediation or arbitration, there is no neutral third party. In this type of dispute resolution, the role of the attorney is to represent the needs of their respective clients, while still supporting and encouraging an agreeable solution for all parties involved.
Benefits of Collaboration
Opting for a collaborative approach over the traditional trial divorce is advantageous for a number of reasons, including:
- Lower legal fees: The longer it takes to finalize your divorce, the more you can expect to pay. Collaborative divorces often resolve more quickly, which helps keep costs down.
- Privacy: Since collaborative divorces take place behind closed doors, it is easier to keep your private matters out of the public domain.
- Less contention: When divorces are handled out of the courtroom, they often promote a more positive post-divorce relationship.
- Stronger foundation for co-parenting: Collaborative divorce provides an arena to discuss how you will co-parent after your divorce with the help of neutral experts.
In a collaborative divorce, you are more likely to treat each other with dignity, respect, and honesty. If you hope to reconcile with your spouse, this method can offer you a better opportunity to do so.
In a collaborative divorce, you have the option of bringing in experts to help negotiate the more complex and difficult aspects of your divorce. Some of these experts may include:
- Financial specialists, such as a forensic accountant
- Vocational assessors
- Children’s mental health professionals
Any specialist you bring in must be agreed upon by both spouses and have training in collaborative divorces.
An Attorney with Mediation Training
Negotiating with your spouse may seem overwhelming or complicated. However, with the help of a qualified family law attorney with extensive training in mediation and arbitration, you can reach a decision that is beneficial for your entire family. If you are considering a divorce, contact our family law practice online or by calling (510) 451-4822 today.
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“The needs of your family are always at the forefront of our legal services. Whether through litigation or mediation, we believe that reaching a fair, efficient solution with minimal negative impact to your family is of the utmost importance.” Henry F. Lewis