When a couple wants to avoid litigation and end their marriage, they look towards the process of Collaborative Divorce. As another method of alternative dispute resolution, Collaborative Divorce allows for couples to end their marriage in a cost-effective and time-saving way. Through meetings including two clients and their respective collaborative Attorneys, the group will work together with mutual goals in mind. While any party can stop the Collaborative Process at any time, to ensure that the lawyers do not encourage an adversarial atmosphere, these attorneys are not allowed to represent their clients in court if the process fails.
If the couple wishes, they may hire additional professionals to guide the process towards a positive conclusion. These are “neutral” professionals, not representing either party, but working for the benefit of BOTH. Some of these professionals can include neutral Collaborative Divorce coaches, neutral child specialists, and neutral financial experts. These neutral professionals in addition to their appropriate licensing, have been trained in the Collaborative Process, Mediation and New York Divorce Law. When the process is successful, it usually saves the clients time and money while avoiding the turmoil of a contested, emotionally-charged court battle. If you are interested in the Collaborative Divorce Process, contact Leslye M. Schlesinger for a consultation.
Divorce is a life altering and potentially devastating event in which separating spouses are forced to defend their interests at enormous financial and emotional cost. The traditional divorce litigation process perpetuates and, in many cases, creates unnecessary conflict between parties which leaves little hope for a civil relationship after the case is over. The essence of the Collaborative Process, however, is the belief that it is better for the clients and their families to resolve their issues as respectfully as possible, under the circumstances, without going to court.
The essence of Collaborative Law is the belief, shared by the two clients and their two lawyers, that it is better for the client and their family to resolve their matters as amicably as possible under the circumstances and without going to before a judge in court. The Collaborative Lawyer’s responsibility is to work together with opposing counsel and both parties to solve the problems that have arisen and reach a negotiated settlement that meets both parties legitimate needs.
Divorce can be an overwhelming and costly process. When a couple considers their legal options at the end of a marriage, Collaborative Law is a way to avoid litigation. Collaborative Law has many benefits. Avoiding litigation will save time and money. The Collaborative Divorce Process is focused on addressing each party’s concerns while ending a marriage in an amicable and efficient manner.
Couples who engage in the Collaborative Divorce Process may want further information about the professionals that may be a part of their meetings. If the parties choose, they may expand the team to include “neutral” professionals to join the meeting and help the process along. These are “neutral” professionals, not representing either party, but working for the benefit of BOTH. Some of these professionals can include neutral Collaborative Divorce coaches, neutral child specialists, and neutral financial experts. These neutral professionals in addition to their appropriate licensing, have been trained in the Collaborative Process, Mediation and New York Divorce Law. If you are interested in the Collaborative Divorce Process, you should contact an attorney with trained in the Collaborative Process and who is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professional or the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals.