Collaborative Divorce

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Disputes are an inevitable part of divorce.  It is important to choose a divorce process that best fits how you want to handle those disputes and a legal team that is knowledgeable about that particular process.

Privacy, Structure, and Control.

If privacy, structure, and control are important to you when handling disputes in divorce, then a collaborative divorce may be the best process for you.  The primary difference with a collaborative divorce (as opposed to a litigated divorce) is that both spouses and their attorneys agree to not go to court to resolve their disputes.  

This client-driven process is structured to address the legal, financial, and emotional components of a divorce in a systematic way.  Each spouse has an attorney.  A neutral financial professional gathers financial information, prepares budgets, and answers tax questions.  A neutral mental health professional assists with de-escalating hot button issues and parenting plan work. All information is produced voluntarily and if additional experts are needed, they are engaged jointly and by agreement.  Most negotiation work takes place in scheduled joint meetings with the spouses, lawyers, and the neutral professionals. 

Collaborative divorce does not mean an “easy” divorce or that the spouses already agree.  In fact, spouses might agree on nothing other than neither wants to go to court and have a judge make the decisions.  This process allows the spouses to be active participants in decision-making that will impact their futures and to maintain control over the outcome, timeline, and fees/costs.

As a certified collaborative divorce attorney, attorney Heather Piper has a wealth of experience with this process and the benefits it can provide.  To set up a consultation, please complete our contact form.