Collaborative Divorce: FAQs

by | Jul 11, 2016

Collaborative Divorce: FAQs

by | Jul 11, 2016 | Divorce, Family Law

Should I choose Collaborative Divorce?

In order to determine if you are ready for the collaborative process, ask yourself a couple questions:

  • Are you open to compromise and solutions that will satisfy both you and your spouse?
  • Do you want to make decisions that will maintain respect between you and your spouse?
  • Do you want to keep your children out of the divorce process as much as possible?
Who exactly is involved in Collaborative Divorce?

There are usually four to five people, besides the husband and wife, involved in Collaborative Divorce. Each spouse will have their own attorney who has agreed to take part in the collaborative process. Additionally, there is a divorce coach, whose role is to handle the emotional process of a divorce. Divorce can be a difficult process for all parties involved, and the divorce coach is there to make sure each couple feels secure throughout the entire process. There is a financial specialist, who handles education about finances for the two parties. Oftentimes, only one spouse handled financial expenses, so the specialist can help make sure that both parties feel comfortable with the financial situation. Additionally, the financial specialist helps with negotiation and deciding the value of marital assets.

In cases where the husband and wife have children, a child specialist will be involved as well. This is usually a psychiatrist, counselor, or psychologist who is familiar with family situations. They asses the divorce from the position of all children, and suggest ways to make the divorce easier on the family.

Does Collaborative Divorce go quicker through the court system?

As opposed to litigation or mediation, collaborative divorce allows you to control the pace of the divorce. You are not obligated to run it by the court’s schedule, so it can go as quickly or as slowly as the two parties want it to. You are motivated to finish the process faster, but if you need time, there is no pressure to hurry. Usually spouses take four to nine sessions to finish the process.

Do I have Privacy throughout the Collaborative Divorce Process?

Collaborative sessions are not scheduled in front of a public courtroom, as regular divorces are. The only people involved in these sessions are your spouse, the attorneys, the financial specialist, divorce coach, and, in some cases, the family specialist. No outside parties are allowed to participate. This allows the couple to keep all their information between a small group of professionals, rather than an entire court system. 

Should I choose Collaborative Divorce?

In order to determine if you are ready for the collaborative process, ask yourself a couple questions:

  • Are you open to compromise and solutions that will satisfy both you and your spouse?
  • Do you want to make decisions that will maintain respect between you and your spouse?
  • Do you want to keep your children out of the divorce process as much as possible?
  • After the divorce, would you like to have a sense of satisfaction with the whole process?
  • Would you like to remain on good terms with your spouse, at least to the point of civil interactions?

If you answered yes to one or any of these questions, please visit CENTRECOLLABORATIVELAW.COM or contact Tim Fleming to discuss collaborative divorce.

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