What are the Benefits of Collaborative Law?

Each party’s Collaboratively trained attorney, the Collaborative Divorce Facilitator and the Financial Neutral  comprise the professional team for a Collaborative Divorce. The team works together to help the parties. It may sound expensive, but when you consider the cost of litigation, the experts that may be hired, and the work required for making a presentation of each party’s side of the case to a judge, it is frequently less expensive than having your day, or days, in court. Importantly, the cost savings go well beyond the checkbook. Let’s take a look at the benefits of a Collaborative Divorce as opposed to a traditionally litigated divorce.

  • You are not in court, so the dispute, the process, and the resolution remain private.

  • The parties address problems and issues in a forward-focused manner, rather than hanging on to past harms, hurts and blame.

  • Both parties’ interests and concerns are explored to identify areas of mutual agreement.

  • Parties can make fully informed decisions without the pressure of court-imposed deadlines.

  • The process can lead to creative resolutions that work for the entire family, outcomes that are often not available from a judge.

  • Relationships can be preserved, if not healed, in a Collaborative process; in an adversarial court-based process they are often damaged even further.

  • Financial Neutrals can streamline financial information gathering and disclosure.