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 in THIS 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.