My practice is focused on collaborative divorce, an
innovative approach challenging the conventional process of divorce
that is too often litigious and destructive. This revolutionary
method is being championed by professionals who have tired of the
old, adversarial way that marriages typically end. In collaborative
divorce, experts in law, finance and psychology form an
interdisciplinary team that focuses on constructive solutions.
Imagine this scenario:
Both parties and their respective attorneys all meet to negotiate a
settlement that addresses the whole family’s interests.
The parties pledge, in writing, voluntary full disclosure and agree
to work toward an agreement without going to court.
They promise to
negotiate in good faith.
The attorneys sign an agreement that if a settlement is not reached,
they cannot represent the parties in a court proceeding.
The team is expanded with the addition of a neutral financial
advisor, a child psychologist or divorce coaches, as needed.
An agreement that addresses the highest priorities of both parties
and their children is reached.
Dignity, self-esteem and respect are maintained and the transition
to a new beginning is accomplished without unnecessary rancor.
Collaborative divorce minimizes the pain and misery of a difficult
life passage. In addition, since the entire process is conducted
outside the court system, sensitive information is not disclosed in
any public record.
Children have far too often become the collateral damage of divorce.
The psychological scars that affect all family members can make
moving on very difficult. Divorcing spouses will continue to be
parents of their children for the rest of their lives and the
collaborative divorce approach gives them the opportunity to
restructure family relationships in a positive way.
In divorce proceedings I often see people at their worst, but for
collaborative divorce to work, everyone must bring his or her best
self to the process. That is gratifying all around and I have seen
the beneficial results of collaborative divorce settlements
If you think collaborative divorce could be an option for your
family and would like to learn more, I would be available for an
initial half-hour consultation, at no charge.