Collaborative Practice empowers you to resolve your legal disputes without judges, magistrates or court personnel making decisions for you. It's a cost-effective, problem-solving approach that can minimize the impact of conflict on you, your children, family and life. You will be supported by professionals with the right expertise to guide and inform you along the way. The results are legally binding agreements that resolve the issues facing your family. With the information and guidance you need, you are empowered to make the sound, long-lasting decisions that will impact you and your family for years to come. The Collaborative process preserves your privacy and your dignity while giving you the best possible chance at resolving your disputes respectfully.
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main advantages of a collaborative divorce over a traditional litigation:
Lower Cost: Collaborative divorce is generally less costly and time consuming than litigation.
Client involvement: The clients are a vital part of the settlement team and have a greater sense of involvement in the decision making which affects their lives.
Supportive Approach: Each client is supported by their lawyer and coach in a manner that still allows the attorneys to work collaboratively with one another in resolving issues.
Less Stress: The process is much less fearful and anxiety producing than utilizing Court proceedings or the threat of such proceedings. Everyone can focus on settlement without the imminent threat of “going to court”.
Win-Win Climate: The process creates a positive climate that produces a more satisfactory outcome for both parties. The possibility actually exists for participants to create a climate that facilitates "win-win" settlements.
Speed: The speed of the collaborative process is governed by the parties rather than court calendars.
Creativity: The collaborative process encourages creative solutions in resolving issues.
Clients in Charge: The non-adversarial nature of the collaborative process shifts decision making into the hands of the clients where it belongs, rather than into the hands of a third party (the court).