The Collaborative Law Process Act is designed to make Family Law issues such as divorce, child custody, visitation, alimony, child support, division of property, and even prenuptial agreements easier, while reducing the emotional stress and financial burden.
Marriages unfortunately end in divorce at an alarming rate. Even more unfortunate, is that couples can end up spending large sums of money in litigation expenses and attorneys’ fees. In addition to the financial burden, family law matters can have a tremendous psychological impact on families.
A collaborative divorce is an out of court resolution method which encourages a peaceful mediation by combining open communication, mutual respect, and a willingness to cooperate to achieve a healthier relationship. Each spouse will retain their own attorney who will concentrate on finding solutions, helping the family reach an agreement, and arriving at an out of court settlement. Each spouse will voluntarily sign a ‘participation agreement’, though the parties are free to return to the traditional divorce process by terminating the agreement, in the event a resolution cannot be reached.
Collaborative Divorce: Timing and Cost
Traditional divorce through the court system can be unpredictable, in terms of costs and time. Costs can quickly add up with setbacks, delays, excessive litigation, and as a result of minor to major disagreements between the spouses. Collaborative divorces tend to take less time, centering on common ground, respect and cooperation. Typically, the cost of a collaborative process is less than half of a traditional litigated divorce.
Collaborative Divorce: Privacy
Far too often, family battles occur in the courtroom, which are open to the public. A collaborative divorce takes place behind closed doors, the negotiations are private, it also provides a comfortable and safe environment. Most importantly it takes away the adversarial environment that is common place with matters litigated in courts. A successful collaborative divorce can restore unity and peace to a divorced family.
Collaborative family law benefits both parties, it provides an excellent opportunity for a less emotionally damaging divorce and can be less financially taxing to all involved.
The experienced attorney’s at HAMW Law have your best interest in mind, we can help negotiate and assist families reach an amicable resolution. A divorced family does not have to be a divided family.