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 often 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. Families do not have to be destroyed by divorce. The Collaborative Process assures that, if you have children, the day after your divorce, you are still a family, although reconstituted in a new format. If you need the legal services of an experienced Collaborative Divorce Attorney, contact Leslye M. Schlesinger. With over 30 years of experience serving Rockland and Westchester County quality legal services, Leslye M. Schlesinger is ready to guide you through the Collaborative Divorce Process.
A Custom Crafted Solution
The Collaborative Process is comprised of a series of four-way conferences devoted to working out settlement issues in your particular matter. In addition to addressing the financial interests of a divorce, the Collaborative Process also takes into account the interpersonal issues that the rigid traditional divorce litigation model fails to address.
Unlike traditional divorce litigation, a Collaborative Divorce is not a “one size fits all” solution. Collaborative Process Attorneys have the flexibility to use their experiences to help the clients come up with innovative solutions which are custom crafted for that particular family, possibly at a cost far less than the fees would be if the divorce was being processed through the courts.
You Are Protected
The structure of the Collaborative Process is grounded in a Participation Agreement which both spouses and their attorneys sign. The agreement stipulates that both attorneys agree that if the Collaborative Process fails (and any client can stop the process at any time) these two attorneys will not represent these clients in a subsequent divorce case in court. As such, both attorneys have a vested interest in helping their clients find workable answers to the problems and issues surrounding their divorce. An innovative tool in the Collaborative Process is the use of “teams.” The clients may choose to use the services of neutral professionals such as mental health professionals (divorce “coaches” and/or child specialists) as well as neutral financial specialists (CPAs) all of whom have been trained in the Collaborative Process, Mediation and New York divorce and family law. The two attorneys and any neutral professionals you elect to use comprise your “Collaborative Team” The resources that this “team” provides will assist you in creating many options that will address resolving your particular issues.
Life after Divorce
If you have children, you and your spouse are both going to need to ask yourselves, “What kind of relationship do we want to have with each other once this case is finished?” Very rarely will that question be asked by a litigating attorney whose ethical obligation is to zealously represent you in court. You and your spouse will be spending many years seeing each other at birthdays, graduations, christenings, weddings, etc. There will be many events in your children’s lives which will require you both. What better gift could you give them?
Contact a New City Collaborative Divorce Attorney
Leslye M. Schlesinger is honored to be a legal resource for the people of Rockland County regarding Collaborative Divorce matters. When a couple wants to avoid the pitfalls of a litigated divorce, Collaborative Law may be the best option for their situation. Couples that choose the Collaborative Divorce Process can save time and money, keep private matters confidential, retain control over their future, and come to an amicable conclusion that will set the tone and tenor for the balance of their relationship, especially beneficial when children are involved. If you would like to know more, contact Leslye M. Schlesinger for a consultation.