If you haven’t ever experienced a divorce and think about the impending Pennsylvania divorce that you are facing, one of the first things that comes to mind is a nasty court battle. You think of attorneys yelling at one another and a wife sitting in court crying. Though this situation may arise in some divorce battles, your Pittsburgh divorce doesn’t have to be like this. If you wish to avoid the contention and bad blood that may arise during litigation, you have several options that include settling out of court and settling via the Pennsylvania Collaborative Divorce Process.
Collaborative Divorce is a method of resolving a PA family law dispute in which all parties work together to reach a solution to any family law case, most commonly divorce. The spouses and their lawyers, who have been trained in the process of collaborative divorce, negotiate directly via four-way sessions during which the lawyers guide their clients towards a settlement.
Before the process even begins, the spouses make a commitment to each other and to the PA collaborative law team to attempt to settle their case by working together in an open and hostile free environment. They make an agreement to negotiate in good faith by truthfully disclosing all relevant facts and by keeping the best interest of each other and their children in mind. Additionally, they promise avoid litigation or the threat of litigation.
Once the spouses have expressed their commitment to follow the principles of collaborative divorce, the process begins by the spouses discussing with each other their goals and what ideally they would walk away from the marriage with. The team of lawyers and any financial and mental health experts gather necessary financial, property, and children related information and work together to come up with potential settlements. Once an agreement is reached the parties sign a legally binding document which details everything they have agreed upon and finalizes their Pennsylvania divorce.
If you are facing a divorce in Western Pennsylvania and believe that the PA collaborative divorce process is the best option for you and your family, contact our team of Pittsburgh family lawyers at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates. Our attorneys have experience settling divorce cases via the collaborative method, mediation, and litigation, and we can provide you with the information you need to decide via which route you wish to dissolve your marriage.