Pennsylvania Family Law and Divorce
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Collaborative Divorce: The Alternative to a Traditional Divorce

Though its been used for some time in several states, the process of collaborative divorce is a pretty new concept when it comes to Pennsylvania family law. The process is intended to be more cooperative and usually less-stressful way of getting a divorce. Because divorce can often be a very tough time for those involved, this alternative to taking your case to court can alleviate some of the stress and worry associated with divorce. Collaborative divorce is a process where both spouses work together to achieve the result best for their own situation. Read more to find some information on collaborative divorce in Pennsylvania.

What is collaborative divorce? Collaborative divorce is a process where parties immediately address their initial concerns and the goals that they have for the divorce process. This is a "collaborative" process, as it involves both the parties and their attorneys working together to achieve a tailored and personalized divorce settlement.

What are the positives of collaborative divorce? Some of the positives of collaborative divorce include:

  • The process itself.The collaborative divorce process has an end goal of achieving the best result for the parties inTHIS particular case. The attorneys work with the parties, which is often called "interest based negotiation," allowing the parties to state their personal interests and final end goal for the divorce process.
  • Avoiding the courtroom.Often bringing a divorce case to court can be nerve-wracking, as well as expensive, time-consuming, and sometimes embarrassing. In collaborative divorce, clients and their attorneys, as well as other professionals, can sit together at a table without a judge present and decide what is best for this couple.
  • Privacy.Sensitive and personal information comes to the surface in any divorce. However, when a divorce case goes to court, often clients do not want their personal financial information to come out for all to hear. In collaborative divorce, complete disclosure of financial information can be done without it being broadcasted.
  • Neutral experts.In a collaborative case, the parties can retain experts that work with both sides. These can include financial experts or mental health experts, all of which are neutral in the process and are working toward the end goal of resolving the parties' issues.

Where can I find a collaborative divorce attorney?

Contact one of our Pennsylvania collaborative attorneys at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates today to speak with us about collaborative divorce. We can answer any questions you may have and can determine if this process is the best for your case.

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