Will Collaborative Divorce Work In Your Case?

When people hear the term "collaborative divorce," they sometimes believe it means an amicable or uncontested divorce and say, "No, that's not where we are." In fact, however, collaborative divorce is a method for arriving at a divorce settlement — not a philosophical persuasion. You and your spouse may have significant differences of opinion about how to divide your assets and debts — but you do not want to fight these out before a judge and jury.

How Collaborative Divorce Works

Mediation is one way people arrive at settlement agreements outside of court, but it is not the only way. I am Jason P. Reese at The Law Offices of Jason P. Reese LLC and I can show you another way. Collaborative divorce normally follows a sequence like this:

  • You and your spouse take part in four-way meetings involving both of you and your respective lawyers.
  • The two of you and your attorneys determine the timetable and content of the settlement conferences.
  • When expert opinion is needed — such as the input of an accountant or child psychologist — you hire one such expert who advises both of you together.
  • With the guidance of your experienced family law attorneys — each of them representing his or her client faithfully — and expert professionals, you aim for a settlement that you can both live with; that is fair; and that keeps family matters private and family assets in the family.

In collaborative divorce, the two of you will not be on opposing sides. Rather, you will collaborate for the sake of reaching your mutual goals: equitable property division and child custody, visitation and support in the best interests of your child or children. Spousal support may be part of the property division aspect of your divorce.

Get Expert Advice As Needed

Each professional helping you arrive at a collaborative divorce brings something valuable to the table. Your lawyer and your spouse's attorney know what a family law judge will find acceptable. An accountant can advise you on ways to save on taxes while keeping assets in the family. A child psychologist can advise you on healthy shared parenting strategies.

What If Talks Break Down?

In the event that you do not reach an agreement, a collaborative divorce may mean that you will start over with new attorneys and proceed through traditional litigation. This ending is, of course, costly and burdensome. Knowing this, you and your spouse should remain motivated to reach an equitable settlement agreement outside of court.

I Can Adapt The Principles Of Collaborative Divorce To Your Unique Circumstances

While I am not certified as a collaborative divorce lawyer, I have represented many clients who chose to follow a path resembling the processes described here. I am prepared to advise you on the most sensible way forward. It is important to take into account your unique issues and preferences. I will gladly discuss ways you can achieve a reasonable divorce settlement agreement without doing battle in public before a judge.

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