Using Collaborative Law To Find Solutions To Divorce

The end of a marriage does not mean a couple has to battle out their divorce in a courtroom with a long, painful and costly adversarial process. As an advocate to make divorce less expensive and contentious, Bergmans Law P.C., can guide you through a collaborative approach to marriage dissolution ― an approach that is focused on building a new future for your family.

This particular approach is especially useful for couples who must retain some sort of relationship, parental or otherwise, after the divorce. We bring our negotiation and interpersonal skills to your aid as you work with your spouse on the terms of your divorce in a collaborative setting. We will give you professional and compassionate guidance through this difficult process to help you get through your divorce with dignity.

How Does Collaborative Practice Work?

In the collaborative practice model, a professional team advises and supports the couple as they deal with their legal and financial issues outside of the courtroom. Each spouse will have their own attorney. The spouses sign an agreement to settle their divorce out of court. They agree to work together in a respectful and equitable manner.

Over the course of several meetings, the couple will disclose and discuss issues related to their divorce. The attorneys advise and assist with the division of marital property, spousal support, child custody and other legal matters. Other professionals may also contribute to the collaborative resolution of the couple's divorce. This can include financial planners, appraisers, divorce coaches and child specialists. Ultimately, however, the spouses negotiate the terms of their settlement.

Benefits Of Collaborative Practice

Collaborative practice has a number of benefits that can form the foundation for a better future for you and your family. These benefits include:

  • Minimizing the emotional and financial toll on you and your family. You and your spouse agree to collaboratively end your marriage, which reduces the anxiety and sometimes the financial costs attributed to divorce.
  • Legal support from your own attorney, as well as guidance from other professionals on the team such as a financial planner or divorce coach.
  • Control, since you and your spouse, not a judge, have the ultimate say in the terms of your settlement. You know your situation the best, and can craft a settlement that addresses your particular circumstances.
  • Privacy. The process is less intrusive if you and your spouse decide to work together instead of having the divorce play out in court.

The end of a marriage is never easy, but through a collaborative practice approach, you and your spouse can choose to work together to come to a settlement that is ultimately less stressful, and that creates a better long-term environment for you and your family.

Collaborative Practice With A Compassionate Lawyer

If you are considering divorce and believe collaborative practice may work for you, contact Bergmans Law P.C. for a FREE initial consultation. You may call us at our Howell office at 810-222-5703 or send us an email.