Collaborative DivorceA New Approach to Uncoupling
Transition Out of Marriage with Hope for a Positive Future
Since the 1970’s, about 50% of marriages in the U.S. have ended in divorce. Most couples experience divorce as expensive, slow and adversarial. Long-term studies show that children suffer harm when their parents are in conflict. Couples who must divorce deserve a way to end their marriage that minimizes the harm to all family members.
Now, there is one. Collaborative Divorce is a new way for divorcing couples – especially those with children – to re-structure their families without court intervention. In a Collaborative divorce process, the participants agree to resolve their disputes in a respectful manner rather than hiring adversarial lawyers or having a judge decide important questions about their family. Each spouse works with a lawyer who has special training in techniques to help the couple design the best result possible for the family. Rather than warriors or hired guns, collaborative attorneys are more like legally-trained diplomats. They model for their clients a commitment to honesty, dignified behavior, and mutual respect (which can be hard for divorcing couples to do on their own at this point in their relationship).
Joyce Farr Cheeks is a trusted authority in helping couples dissolve their marriages with a focus on a creating a positive future instead of quarreling about the negative past. This new approach to divorce keeps the focus on what’s most important when two people are ready to go their separate ways. Our focus is: 1)ensuring that the children are safe, secure and happy; 2) ensuring that the husband and wife are safe, secure and happy; 3) ensuring that bright and positive future for everyone involved.
In Collaborative Divorce Practice:
1. The parties sign a collaborative participation agreement describing the nature and scope of the matter;
2. The parties voluntarily disclose all information which is relevant and material to the matter that must be decided;
3. The parties agree to use good faith efforts in their negotiations to reach a mutually acceptable settlement;
4. Each party must be represented by a lawyer whose representation terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding;
5. The parties may engage mental health and financial professionals whose engagement terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding; and
6. The parties may jointly engage other experts as needed.
Example of a Collaborative Divorce Session
Get Ready to Transition into a Brighter and Positive Future!
Are you ready to ready to transition out of your marriage into a positive future for everyone involved? Contact us to schedule your initial consultation to see if Collaborative Divorce is a good fit for you.