What is Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative Divorce is a unique practice in which the spouses promise to keep the case out of court and negotiate a settlement which resolves all the issues related to the marriage without costly litigation. The goal is to address the interests and needs of the family and to solve problems with a team of professionals to reach an agreement with less stress and hostility than a traditional divorce.
Who is on the team?
Each party will have their lawyer and a team of neutral professionals to include a financial specialist, child specialist, and mental health professional working towards resolution.
What is the process?
- The parties will first sign a Collaborative Participation Agreement;
- The parties will assemble their team or professionals;
- The parties' goals, interests, and needs will be shared with the team and begin brainstorming ideas to resolve the case;
- The parties will work with the team members to reach a resolution that fits the needs of the parties and their family;
- The attorneys for the parties will draft a settlement agreement that captures the various resolutions and the parties will sign the settlement agreement; and,
- Once the statutory deadlines have been met for filing, the attorneys will work together to get a final resolution through a final order of divorce in court.
NOVA Legal Professionals can help you with the Collaborative Divorce process to save you stress and legal fees during your divorce process.