Collaborative divorce is a way to reach a divorce settlement without litigation. The process involves a series of meetings during which the divorcing couple resolve issues with their Attorney rather than with a Judge. During the collaborative process, the parties will reach an agreement on important issues such as child custody and visitation if the couple has minor children, and also work through child support, spousal support, property distribution, and debt allocation.
Typically there are several professionals involved in the collaborative process to ensure that the spouses are supported by any needed expertise. Together the team works to address the emotional, financial, custody, and legal issues while preserving or making a plan to restore the relationship between family members.
One of the most essential benefits of collaborative divorce is the divorce ends up being uncontested and does not have to involve the court until the final judgment is entered. Usually, this results in a savings of both time and money. The goal is for the parties to reach a settlement outside of litigation and the court system.
Divorces are complex, often involving difficult emotional issues related to finances, property, and children. Whether you choose a collaborative divorce or another type of divorce process, it is essential that you are represented by an attorney with experience. The Family Law Team at Thacker Sleight has years of experience successfully representing clients who are seeking a collaborative divorce. We also represent clients on issues related to custody, child support, spousal support, and business valuations.
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