Virginia Collaborative Divorce
What is Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative Divorce is an innovative type of dispute resolution in which you negotiate an out-of-court settlement. When a
divorce goes to court, a judge decides your fate and the fate of your children. In a
Collaborative Divorce, you stay in control of the entire process. The final settlement results from the agreements and decisions you make regarding such issues as your
co-parenting plan, time sharing (child custody and visitation),
child support, spousal support (alimony) and
division of property. Traditional divorce is based on the concept of war, wherein there is a winner and a loser. The lawyers who advocate for you support your needs and interests, (which may be different from the needs and interests of your children). Traditional litigation often causes spouses to become adversarial, thereby increasing the time and expense needed to obtain a resolution. Since the judge makes the final decision, usually both spouses are unhappy with the results.
Collaborative Divorce, on the other hand, is based on the model of cooperation and compromise. Since divorce is a legal, emotional and financial process, collaborative practice uses lawyers, mental health divorce coaches and financial specialists to comprehensively address all of the aspects of a divorce. Beyond this, since divorce strongly impacts the lives of children, collaborative practice also utilizes child specialists. All of these individuals work as a smoothly functioning team to make sure the agreements you make are customized to your particular interests, needs and wishes and are in the best interests of all concerned — especially the children.
Collaborative Practice also helps you develop a co-parenting plan and gives you the tools necessary to effectively communicate as co-parents both during and after the divorce. Collaborative Practice transforms one dysfunctional home into two well-functioning co-parenting homes that are emotionally stable and financially secure. Another benefit of Collaborative Practice is that, should circumstances change after the divorce, the team is always available to help you come to new resolutions in an amicable, peaceful manner.
Collaborative Divorce is an excellent solution for anyone wanting to maintain a respectful relationship and achieve a peaceful and private divorce. It is especially well suited for parents who want to emphasize their children's emotional well-being. By preserving respect and encouraging cooperation, Collaborative Practice helps parents and children keep family bonds while embracing new lives.
Virginia Collaborative Divorce: A Better Way
The bottom line is that in a Collaborative Divorce, you and your spouse will be working
together, rather than fighting
against one another. It is not necessary for you to already agree on what the outcome of your divorce should be, but you must share a sincere intention to carry out your divorce in a respectful and amicable manner. If this sounds like the approach you want to take for ending your marriage, please contact us at Collaborative Practice Center of Coastal Virginia. Our team of professionals has a wide range of experience in assisting people who have faced problems similar to yours, and we are ready to help you now. We can explore all your options in the situation, including legal separation and the effects of divorce on probate, trust, and estate planning. Take the first step now by calling or visiting our office so that we can begin working with you.