Collaborative divorce is an alternative to litigated divorce. Achieving a collaborative divorce can benefit the entire family, and can be done in a way that promotes mutual respect and fairness.
Collaborative divorce is based upon these key principles:
*A pledge not to go to court to litigate
*A complete, open and voluntary disclosure of information by both spouses
*A solution that reflects the highest priorities of both spouses, and children (if any)
*The spouses ultimately make decisions together (rather than court-imposed decisions)
Both spouses must agree to use the collaborative method. Each spouse must hire an attorney who is trained in collaborative practice. A list of collaborative attorneys who practice in Pima County can be found at the website: www.divorcewisely.com. I am on that list of collaborative divorce attorneys.
Collaborative divorces utilizes a team approach where each spouse has a collaborative attorney and a divorce coach. The attorney advises and guides the client through the process. The divorce coach helps each spouse manage the pain and stress they are experiencing from changing relationships, and assists with communication skills so that settlement conference meetings can be healthy and productive. The team can also include financial consultants and child specialists where appropriate. All team members are trained in the collaborative divorce process.
Each spouse expresses their needs and expectations in a series of settlement conferences. Issues are openly discussed and problem solving is done in an atmosphere of mutual respect and full disclosure of all information needed to resolve all issues.
I am trained in collaborative divorce and I am a member of the Collaborative Law Group of Southern Arizona (CLGSA). I am also a member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).
I enthusiastically recommend collaborative divorce as the preferred way to achieve a divorce in a respectful, thoughtful, and compassionate process.