divorce is not a one-size fits all proposition.
You have choices, and choosing the process which is best suited to your families’ needs is crucial.
 
 
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QUITE SIMPLY—Collaborative Divorce is an ideal course if both parties want to avoid litigation, maintain family harmony and generate creative solutions. It is underscored by the understanding that you were partners—even if not good ones—throughout your marriage and you are partners in your divorce.

 
 
 
The Benefits to pursuing a Collaborative Divorce include:

MAINTAIN CONTROL AND CUSTOMIZE SOLUTIONS- make your own decisions and incorporate your short-term and long-term needs into the final agreement

Reduced Costs—maximize the benefits of the team-oriented approach and avoid duplicative costs and expenses which provide limited value to the final outcome

Less Bitterness—avoid creating wounds that may never heal

Quicker Results-complete the process on your schedule and eliminate unnecessary tasks and bureaucratic delays
The Values which are at the heart of a Collaborative Divorce include

Mutual Respect and Transparency- a belief that your own needs and the needs of your partner deserve equal consideration and that sharing information is of paramount importance

Common Goals—a desire to work cooperatively to find solutions that work for the good of you, your spouse and your children

Team Work—Collaborative Divorce is a team-oriented process, incorporating the parties, their attorneys and other professionals to maximize the parties’ resources

Personalization & Creativity— the ability to craft solutions for your particular needs, producing a better outcome for all parties involved
 
 
 
 
 
In mediation, the parties choose to jointly retain an attorney (or other professional) to facilitate their discussions. The mediator does not provide the parties with legal advice, however. Rather, during a series of mediation sessions, the mediator and the parties:

01 Identify the Issues to be Resolved— this often includes establishing a parenting plan, discussing the parties’ respective support obligations, and equitable distribution of assets and liabilities.

02 GATHER ALL RELEVANT INFORMATION- whether it be the parties’ story or details of the parties’ earnings, spending patterns, assets/liabilities, knowing the details of the parties’ lives is crucial to a successful mediation, wherein transparency and both parties’ being comfortable with the process is of paramount importance.

03 Formulate Options—The more ideas and options that are generated, the more likely the parties are to find creative, workable solutions to their complex problems.

04 Make Informed, Cooperative Decisions—a comprehensive agreement which resolves all issues and which provides for the needs of the parties and their families is the optimal outcome

After the parties have resolved the issues with the help of the mediator, they will be referred to “Review Attorneys” who will conform the agreement into a formal Marital Settlement Agreement and will assist the parties in finalizing the divorce and effectuating the terms of the Agreement.
 
 
 
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There are times— whether as a result of a headstrong adversary or a power imbalance between the parties or otherwise – when litigation proves necessary. But not all litigation attorneys are created equally.

It is common for an individual who is about to embark upon a divorce to seek a “bulldog”, operating under the belief that they will “win” as a result of strong advocacy. But this is often a false assumption. The “bulldog” mentality results in increased expense, increased acrimony and long-term animosity, and takes a devastating emotional toll on the parties and, most importantly, their children. Then—in the end—the actual resolution is on par with what you could achieve through reasoned, intelligent advocacy.

We do not believe in forcing our clients to incur unnecessary legal fees. Rather, we believe in a pragmatic approach to each case which is focused on our client’s long-term goals, a results-oriented strategy which generates cost-effective solutions for our clients.
 
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