In Collaborative Divorce, both parties meet together with their respective attorneys to discuss creative solutions to effectively settle all issues of the divorce. The attorneys collaborate with Allied Professionals: child specialists to help craft parenting plans, CPAs to understand the tax consequences of dividing assets, financial planners to ensure financial security after divorce, and facilitators to help mediate the four way conference. All parties work together without the threat of litigation and having a judge decide your case.
The divorce negotiation can be broken down into four different methods.
- Reaching an Agreement on Your Own. You and your spouse are able to communicate effectively with one another and are able to work out a divorce settlement on your own.
- Mediation. You and your spouse meet with a mediator, a third party neutral, who facilitates a settlement. The mediator cannot give either spouse legal advice. The mediator may or may not be an attorney.
- Litigation. The traditional approach to a lawsuit where parties take extreme and opposing positions and fight until one party gives in or a judge decides the fate of the parties’ assets, debts and children.
- Collaborative Law. Both parties work together with their attorneys to craft creative settlements to resolve all issues of their divorce with the assistance of allied professional without the intervention of the court.
Rochester, New York has a group of dedicated attorneys and allied professionals throughout Monroe County who are committed to bringing parties success in Collaborative Law. Parties interested in this process can view the Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area, Inc’s website and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals website for additional information and resources regarding Collaborative Law.