Currently, there are three styles of divorce available.
Traditionally, the divorce process is adversarial and the parties and their attorneys are pitted against each other. The process is monitored by a Judge and often there are threats of “letting the court decide” an issue if the parties cannot come to an agreement. Another option would be to use a mediator. With this option, the couple meets with a mediator to negotiate and compromise the various issues that need to be addressed to get a divorce. The benefit of this option is that the parties work to come to mutually agreeable decisions.
The negative side of this process, is that a mediator is neutral and cannot advise either party about what is most beneficial for their situation. When working with a Collaborative Divorce team, you will have the benefit of working with a team of trained professionals who are committed to helping support and assist you through this life transition. Each team members brings various areas of expertise to the table. In negotiating as a team, having both attorneys present to advise in the moment. The Coach works with all team members to improve communication, negotiation and problem-solving skills. We help minimize the hostility and conflict in the room and between the parties.
If you find yourself needing to seek a divorce, I hope you consider Collaborative Divorce.