If you believe you can work together with a spouse you are considering divorcing, then collaborative divorce may be the best option for you and your family. At Wirtz Legal Solutions, LLC, we know that if parents can agree to work on issues such as parenting, schooling, and financial matters, this process can be very productive. Collaborative divorce often results in reaching resolutions that meet the needs of all family members, including children.
Benefits of Collaborative Divorce
The first area of agreement between the couple is to agree the best way to resolve their issues is to avoid going to court for a resolution. This agreement is signed by the two parties as well as their attorneys. The agreement must be rescinded by all parties in the event the parties are unable to reach a successful agreement privately. The most unique feature of a collaborative contract is the clause that keeps the entire team negotiating, despite the difficult conversations that are an inevitable part of a divorce.
Better Communication Means Better Results
The attorneys in a collaborative role act as advisors, educators, and problem solvers. This is a different role than most attorneys take during a divorce proceeding which is acting as an advocate for their own client. There is plenty of empirical data which shows that those who divorce using a collaborative process face less emotional, financial, and other pain. In most cases, there is also a reduction in post-judgement returns to court because new issues that arise can be resolved without involving the courts.
Roles of the Parties in Collaborative Divorce
Each spouse and their attorney will meet in a series of settlement conferences. Each party has the benefit of their own attorney who is specifically trained in collaborative law as well as family law. Depending on the unique issues they are facing, other professionals may be brought into the discussions. In some cases, child specialists, financial advisors, and coaches are mutually agreed upon between the parties. This allows for input and informed decision-making and ensures no one involved in the proceedings is taking one side over another.
The collaborative process allows both parties to bring their specific issues, goals, and expectations to the table and allows each party to express their feelings in a non-adversarial environment. In nearly all cases when a couple can reach a mutually beneficial agreement, their long-term relationship is far less contentious which is particularly important for couples who have children.
Wirtz Legal Solutions, LLC is proud to offer their clients an easier way to handle the difficult process of dissolving their marriage. Contact our offices today and we can discuss some of the various options that are available to you and help you find the solution that works best for your needs. We know that working together to resolve your differences privately is more cost-effective, less time-consuming, and provides a better outcome for everyone involved.