Many clients ask me, “What is the collaborative divorce process?” I explain to them that this is a relatively new process in the State of New York. However, it’s turning out to be one of the most popular. When the parties seek a divorce, they understand that they have to have a settlement at some point in time. When you have a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse and the two attorneys sign a participation agreement. That means you are agreeing to participate in the collaborative divorce process. When you have your four-way settlement conferences, which is two attorneys and the two of you, you’re sitting down and trying to work things out. If for any reason you cannot work things out, you can leave the collaborative process. In collaborative divorce, if you can’t settle the case, your lawyers are fired. In litigation, if you can’t settle a case, your attorneys go on to fight and you still lose even if you win.
Leslye M. Schlesinger has over 30 years of experience serving quality legal services to the people of Rockland and Westchester County, New York. If you would like to get a divorce using collaboration or mediation, contact Leslye M. Schlesinger for a consultation.