When we enter into a marriage, we rarely think about how the marriage will end. However, once we know that the marriage is ending, we have a choice about how to proceed. When we proceed with a litigated divorce, we are choosing a process that is geared towards conflict, it is not focused on allowing parties to participate in the resolution process. Furthermore, litigated divorce can destroy parent’s ability to co-parent effectively going forward.
Collaborative divorce is an alternative to litigated divorce. The Collaborative process recognizes that we, as individuals and as co-parents, are likely better suited to making decisions about what is in the best interests of our family than a judge will be. In the Collaborative divorce model, parties commit to participating in the Collaborative process and to settling their case outside of court. The parties work with a team of trained attorneys, and to the extent necessary, neutrals to assist the parties in addressing financial and parenting issues. The process allows parties to address issues together respectfully, with the unique needs of the parties and their children recognized as being of utmost importance in the process. Through the Collaborative process, parties are able to have their individual and mutual interests and goals recognized, and solutions are tailored to addressing those goals.
The attorneys at Wells Family Law are experienced in collaboration as well as in litigation, because we believe that a respectful process and amicable settlement is appropriate for certain families. Ask the Collaboratively-trained attorneys at Wells Family Law whether Collaborative Divorce may be a good solution for your family.