The Collaborative Divorce Process
Proven Guidance Throughout Collaborative Divorce Proceedings
In a standard, or contested divorce, you are likely required to attend multiple court hearings, court-ordered mediation and other required appointments. The collaborative divorce process differs in many ways from standard divorce proceedings. Instead of airing your grievances before the courts, the collaborative divorce process allows you to work with your spouse to resolve your disputes in private, and on your own terms.
What You Can Expect When Going Through Collaborative Divorce Process
Collaborative divorce proceedings are all about working together to resolve your disputes. The process is tailored to your unique divorce, so the process may vary in your unique situation. The major steps in a collaborative divorce include:
- Level setting: The first, and possibly most important, step in the collaborative divorce process is a meeting between you and me. Just us. During this initial meeting, I’m here to listen to your story, your concerns and your goals for the divorce process. During the initial stage, we will identify concerns you may have and set realistic goals for the process.
- Face-to-face negotiations: The bulk of the collaborative divorce process involves face-to-face meetings with your spouse and your spouse’s attorney. During these meetings, we will work together to attempt to come to amicable agreements over the many aspects of your divorce, including child custody and support, property division and spousal support, among others. Generally, these negotiation meetings will also include a mental health neutral and a financial neutral.
- Court approval: Once all aspects of your divorce have been settled, I will work with your spouse’s attorney to draft a Final Decree of Divorce, which will then be presented to the court for signature.
It is important to note that the collaborative divorce process is different for every couple and that the process cannot be completed overnight. But with patience and commitment, the collaborative divorce process may offer many benefits, including helping you build a new relationship with your former spouse as you each move on to the next chapter in your lives.
My Role in the Collaborative Divorce Process
As a specially trained collaborative divorce lawyer , I have the skills and knowledge needed to guide you throughout the collaborative divorce process. I have helped many clients find closure through collaborative divorce proceedings and have gained valuable insight along the way.
Throughout the process, I am here to offer support, answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. I will never advise you to accept an agreement that I view as unfair or against your best interests, nor will I pressure you to compromise on any of your goals. Instead, I act as an assertive advocate to ensure that your opinions and feelings are heard and considered on all matters.
Call Me to Learn More About the Collaborative Divorce Process Today
If you have questions regarding the collaborative divorce process, I can help. I offer informational consultations to help you gain insight into the process and the benefits it offers. Contact me, Megan Rachel, online or call 214-396-2048 to schedule a consultation today.