Like divorce mediation, collaborative law keeps the divorcing couple in the decision-making driver’s seat which gives them control over the outcome.
Similarly, the process is private, and facilitated by a specially trained impartial third-party. In most situations it is less expensive than a litigated divorce. The ultimate goal is to resolve the financial division and parenting plan and file a joint petition to the court.
Unlike divorce mediation, collaborative divorce in MA allows the divorcing couple to receive legal counsel live during the negotiation. The divorce coach can provide best practices related to developing parenting plans. And the financial neutral can help the couple wade through very complicated scenarios. For some clients, having their attorney next to them provides comfort and security in a stressful environment.
The collaborative team process is what makes it truly different. The professionals plan ahead for every meeting, and de-brief afterwards, all with an eye to helping the clients reach their goals and finalize the divorce.