We provide both collaborative and traditional divorce services. Collaborative divorce is a process that strives to preserve the emotional and financial resources of the family while finding an agreement that works for both parties. Each person is represented by a collaboratively trained attorney and the parties and attorneys work together on creative problem solving in a private, confidential setting. Collaborative divorce also provides an opportunity for parents to reestablish good communication for the benefit of their children.
In collaborative divorce
The parties sign a collaborative participation agreement and agree to negotiate in good faith The parties voluntarily disclose all relevant information needed to finalize the agreement. This avoids the cost and delay of the discovery process The parties may hire other collaborative professionals, such as financial analysts or divorce coaches, if needed to help them work through specific issues.
Collaborative law provides clients with a process for peaceful and productive dispute resolution and helps them start to heal as they recalibrate to their new normal.
Divorce mediation is used to help couples resolve issues without going to court. In cases where both sides are represented by counsel, mediation is used towards the end of the process to finalize any remaining issues. In cases where the clients have chosen to represent themselves, mediation is usually used much earlier.
I talk with each person before the mediation session to allow them the chance to speak with me without the other person present. This allows them to share any concerns or wishes they do not wish to discuss in front of the other person. For the mediation session we will sit down together to identify goals and discuss different options to achieve them.
When a resolution is reached I will prepare a “Memorandum of Understanding” outlining what was discussed and agreed upon. The clients will then take that agreement and file the paperwork themselves or hire an attorney to assist them with the court filings. As a mediator, since I don’t represent either party, I am not ethically permitted to draft the court documents.