Although litigation is sometimes preferred or even necessary to protect clients’ rights and interests, it is often possible to approach divorce and other family law disputes in a more cooperative manner.
Many people involved in family law conflicts are concerned with maintaining amiable, or at least civil, long term relationships with their partners for the sake of their children’s emotional and mental health and the ability to peacefully co-parent as they move on with their separate lives. Others wish to move on with their lives as quickly and peacefully as possible. Still others wish to preserve their assets by maintaining civility and avoiding costly litigation.
Collaboration, or Collaborative Divorce, is a less adversarial approach to the resolution of family law disputes that can achieve these goals and lead to long-term peace between you and your spouse or partner.
Using this process, disputing couples, along with their attorneys and possibly other professionals, work together as a team in an open and respectful manner to resolve the issues related to their family law matter in a mutually acceptable way. No one has to go to court to finalize the divorce, and the decision regarding the important issues in the dispute are made jointly between the parties — not by a judge.
Designed as an alternative to conventional divorce, Collaborative Practice offers many distinct advantages, and it is typically less stressful, less lengthy and less costly than ongoing litigation.
For more information on Collaborative Practice, how it works, and whether it is right for you, please see the four Collaborative Divorce topics pages below.
Still have questions? Additional information can be found at the Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group.