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Does collaborative divorce still include strict financial disclosure by both parties?

Yes. During the process of collaborative divorce, you and your partner will both have to complete the same level of financial disclosure as a regular divorce. Your collaborative lawyer will still pay just as much attention to detail in drafting your documents, and will ensure that you know your financial rights around property and support issues.

Collaborative lawyers will work with you to find a creative financial solution that feels fair for both you and your spouse. A benefit to this is that you may be more likely to end up... MORE »

If collaborative divorce doesn’t work for me, can I go to court?

You always have the option of going to court. However, the collaborative divorce process is unique in that it requires both parties to sign a contract stating that your collaborative lawyers will not be able to represent you if you decide to go to court at a later date.

The reason that collaborative law works in this way is to provide an incentive for the lawyers involved in your matter to focus on resolving conflict and creating viable solutions for both parties. Collaborative divorce requires a level of amicability between the... MORE »

What is a collaborative lawyer?

A collaborative lawyer can help you resolve your dispute while staying out of family court. The collaborative approach can be used to finalize your divorce in a cooperative manner. Collaborative family lawyers are specially trained, and in the process of collaborative law, two different lawyers will work with both parties by focusing on their goals and interests. They will then work to create a legal solution. It is often a more efficient and cost effective method than going to court.

Collaborative divorce is very effective for spouses who are able to... MORE »

Do we have to go to court?

Not necessarily. There are other options to resolve your dispute. Family law professionals including mediators, parenting coordinators, arbitrators, and collaborative family lawyers are able to assist in out of court resolutions.

Some of these professionals, such as mediators, are neutral – they will not advocate for either party but instead work on both parties’ behalf. Other family law professionals, such as collaborative family lawyers, provide an out of court solution while still ensuring that each party has their own advocate.

It is also important to understand that you are allowed to try... MORE »

What is Collaborative Divorce all about?

Collaborative Divorce is about cooperating to solve your problems instead of fighting about it. The idea behind the collaborative process is to look at both parties’ goals and interests and try to address those to come up with a solution that can then be brought into compliance with the law rather than for both parties to hire lawyers and begin arguing about exactly what each party is entitled to.

This can be a great solution for parties who are able to focus on finding a solution rather than enforcing their rights.... MORE »