When people hear the word “divorce”, they usually think of a lengthy, expensive and emotionally devastating legal process. This perception of divorce is often enough to keep people from considering it, even when it may be in their best interests. Divorce does not have to be this way.
A collaborative divorce is a matrimonial dispute resolution process whereby both parties and their lawyers commit themselves to resolving their differences fairly and equitably without resorting, or even threatening to resort, to the court.
Why collaborative law works
The collaborative law process is more cost-efficient, effective and amicable than traditional divorce methods so long as you keep two key points in mind:
First, you must realize that the adversarial judicial system is often ill-equipped to handle the emotionally-charged process of dissolving a marriage.
Secondly, you and your spouse also must desire to avoid litigation and commit to jointly addressing your differences with the assistance of professionals.
The attorneys representing the parties in collaborative law agree to help resolve the issues using cooperative rather than adversarial methods. Collaborative lawyers agree in advance to:
The experienced legal team at Smith-Weiss Shepard Kanakis & Spony, P.C. understands how daunting the divorce process can be and we will work with you to reduce both the stress and expense, and ultimately the adversarial nature that divorce often brings to the table.