How Is Collaborative Divorce Different

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The Collaborative Process - from the Legal Perspective:

 

The Collaborative Process is better than a court-based, adversarial divorce. 

  • No court, and no threat of court

  • No argumentative, accusatory, threatening and EXPENSIVE letters between lawyers

  • Your lawyers work to contain (not inflame) conflict

  • Lawyers use their time to educate, inform and help you effectively problem solve

  • It provides emotional support along with legal guidance

  • Your family's needs, not court requirements, direct YOUR process

  • Court documents are public; your Collaborative separation agreement is private

The Collaborative Process - from the Financial Perspective:

  • Timely sharing of financial information - no expensive measures to force disclosure

  • Helps you understand your current and future financial situation 

  • Guides you to choose the best financial options for a strong future 

  • Reduces legal costs and preserves your assets

The Collaborative Process - from the Emotional Perspective:

  • Minimizes conflict and stress

  • Creates a cooperative environment where everyone's needs are heard 

  • The negotiation process is flexible, to suit the needs of each unique couple and family 

  • Emphasizes the well-being of children

  • Gives you more control in both process and outcome

  • Paves the way for respectful relationships after separation

  • Gives you hope and prepares you and your family for new lives

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