Cole Miller PLLC can help you work collaboratively with your spouse or partner to divorce. Collaborative Divorce is an alternative to litigation that typically costs much less and allows you to have control over your own outcome. Spouses or parents who reach an agreement through the Collaborative Process generally leave the settlement table feeling good about the outcome.

What is Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative Divorce is a dispute resolution method that allows both parties to feel supported by their collaborative attorneys while they evaluate the best options for how to move forward as separated and divorced spouses or parents. It is a confidential process that allows you to resolve your issues outside the public forum of a court. The goal of a Collaborative Divorce is to produce a durable agreement arrived at jointly, after thoughtfully considering all options. The Collaborative Process can be a transformative process that allows you to move forward in life in a more positive manner.

How does Collaborative Divorce differ from a non-Collaborative Divorce?

In a Collaborative Divorce, you sign a Participation Agreement at the beginning of the process in which you and your spouse, or partner, agree that you are not going to litigate. The Participation Agreement instructs your attorneys to work together rather than against one another. Your attorney is right there by your side as your advocate, to protect your interests, but they are working with your spouse or partner’s attorney to propel the two of you towards a resolution that meets both of your needs. The Collaborative Process incorporates a team approach to resolving your issues, involving other professionals with the necessary expertise to help you get where you need to be.

What is a Collaborative Divorce Team?

There are financial experts and mental health professionals (divorce coaches and child specialists) who have been trained to participate as part of your team in a Collaborative Divorce. Depending on the needs of your case, it is common in a Collaborative Divorce to utilize a neutral financial expert to ensure each party is full informed and has the necessary financial analysis to make good decisions. A mental health professional would typically serve on your team to assist with development of your parenting plan and/or to help facilitate settlement discussions.

Is Collaborative Divorce right for me?

Attorneys at Cole Miller PLLC can help you make that decision. If you are looking to avoid the stress and conflict that is normally associated with divorce, a Collaborative Divorce is probably a good option for you! The best way to determine what divorce process is right for you is to schedule a consultation with an attorney at Cole Miller PLLC.

Can you use the Collaborative Process to resolve issues other than divorce?

You can use the Collaborative Process to resolve your custody issues, spousal support, child support, and other family law matters, in addition to family business disputes or with disputes over wills and estates. Much like Mediation, the Collaborative Process can be used to resolve virtually any dispute.

Click to read theĀ “Collaborative Process Knowledge Kit” prepared by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). Cole Miller attorney, Teresa S. Cole is a member of IACP.