Divorcing couples have a choice of processes to use in order to deal with the issues involved in a separation and divorce. The couple can choose whether to engage in the litigation process which is often contentious and leads to bitter feelings, or to work in another process such as mediation, collaborative law, or some other form of alternative dispute resolution. In the collaborative process attorneys, mental health providers and financial professionals work with the clients to help them reach mutually acceptable agreements. Collaborative divorce is an alternative dispute resolution process designed to allow spouses to work through the issues in a cooperative manner while employing legal and other professionals whose job it is to help the couple arrive at a mutually satisfactory agreement.
Many divorcing couples can benefit from Collaborative Law

When a couple separates they will have many decisions to make involving their family, property and finances. They will face decisions concerning the parenting of their children, how the children will be supported, how to divide up the property that has been accumulated during the marriage and how each of them will be supported.

Collaborative lawyers and mental health coaches will work to help the spouses to decide on a list of issues that need to be determined for their unique family, and then will assist in the generation of options to address these issues, and finally, will help the couple decide which of the options suits their needs.

New parenting arrangements will have to be put into place when the parents are living in two different households. Collaborative lawyers and mental health coaches, as well as child specialists when needed, assist the parents in deciding which of the many options will be best for them and their children.

The spouses will also need to decide how to divide the property acquired during the marriage which is referred to by the legal term “marital property.” Also of utmost importance is how they will support their children, themselves and each other. Financial professionals, including accountants, financial planners, real estate agents and mortgage brokers often assist the spouses in looking at their financial situation, identifying options and understanding the future impact of each option.

CDRP can help you select collaborative divorce attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals to help you and your spouse deal with these important issues.