Collaborative Divorce--A Timeline

So--you are interested in pursuing a Collaborative Divorce—but you do not know what to expect as far as the process and timeline.  Trust me—you are not alone.  However, the number one thing to remember is that in a Collaborative Divorce you control the process and you control the timeline. This is quite different from a “litigated” case where you will be required to do certain things, at certain times—often at great cost and often at the expense of efficiency.

Suffice it to say, therefore, that there is no real “timeline” for a Collaborative Divorce.  Rather, the team moves as quickly (or as slowly) as the parties desire, ensuring that they are meeting their needs at every turn.  This does not mean that the process lacks structure; rather, it evidences its fluidity and adaptability and efficiency.

The process starts with an initial meeting with the entire team.  At that meeting, the parties sign the Participation Agreement, agree on a “cut-off” date for the marriage and establish their individual and shared goals.  The Team identifies the issues to be resolved, the information to be gathered, and establishes a plan to efficiently accumulate all data in order to begin formulating options and obtaining resolutions.

The parties are then free to simultaneously work on the parenting plan with the Divorce Coach while organizing the financial information with the Financial Neutral before reconvening at the next all-team meeting to begin discussing resolutions.  The process continues until all issues are resolved.

In between the sessions, the parties and the team work diligently to ensure that each meeting is productive—while also not duplicating efforts or wasting time on unnecessary tasks (a hallmark of the litigation process). 

In the end, the parties execute a formal, comprehensive Marital Settlement Agreement—inclusive of a Parenting Plan where necessary—before embarking on the formality of filing the Complaint for Divorce and obtaining the Judgment of Divorce. 

Less stress, more control—cost-effective and efficient.  What more could you ask for?

David Cardamone