Is a Collaborative Divorce Right for You?
For some couples looking to dissolve their marriage, they would prefer to maintain their own separate counsel, but are hoping to avoid the stressful and lengthy courtroom process. For these couples, a collaborative divorce option might be the best fit for them. This process fundamentally changes the adversarial nature of divorce, while still maintaining individual representation for both spouses.
If you believe that you and your spouse could benefit from a collaborative divorce, then we invite you to contact us at The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. today. Our skilledColumbus divorce attorneys are experienced in the collaborative divorce process and always ensure our clients both benefit and are protected while dissolving their marriage in this way.
Have more questions? Contact our firm today to learn more.
How Collaborative Divorce Works
Unlike mediation, in which a couple works with one mediator, collaborative divorce allows both spouses and their own, separate attorneys to all work together on a divorce agreement outside the courtroom. The first step of this process is for all parties to sign a "participation agreement" to commit to the cooperation this divorce method requires.
A participation agreement can address:
- What issues need to be agreed on/resolved
- The constructive candor that must be used in all communications
- The commitment of the attorneys to work together to manage conflict
- The best interest of any children involved
- How and if neutral experts can be obtained for assistance
- Rules for ending or withdrawing from the process
- Rules for transitioning to courtroom litigation if needed
Once a participation agreement is signed by all parties, the spouses and their counsel go to work diving property and assets, deciding on alimony, child support and custody, and all other decisions that need to happen to arrive at divorce agreement. Our Columbus family lawyers at The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. is trained in alternative divorce procedures and have over 100 years of combined legal experience. We know how sensitive this process can be, and how our clients can truly benefit from a successful collaboration outside the courtroom.