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Connecticut Collaborative Divorce
Divorce doesn’t have to be a contentious affair. Many Connecticut residents choose collaborative divorce to reach an agreement without court. Collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial and private process that focuses on reaching a creative divorce settlement that's fair and meets the needs of both spouses and their families. At Freed Marcroft, team members are both experienced divorce attorneys and trained collaborative lawyers. Like mediation, collaborative practice is a voluntary litigation alternative. One major difference is that in a collaborative divorce, each spouse is fully represented throughout the negotiation by his or her own lawyer. With the help of your Freed Marcroft collaborative attorney, you can reduce conflict and generate constructive solutions to resolve your divorce outside of court.
Collaborative Divorce Issues
Collaborative divorces address the same issues that litigated divorces do. However, unlike a litigated divorce, collaborative attorneys and neutral financial and parenting professionals help both parties negotiate and agree on the terms; allowing for both sides to reach the desired outcome while supporting their family. Your attorney at Freed Marcroft can help you agree on:
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COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE BASICS
Both spouses and their collaborative divorce attorneys sign a collaborative agreement committing to achieving fair and lasting divorce settlements through negotiation and without using the court or even the threat of court.
The collaborative divorce process takes place in a private and informal setting and can include other experts as well. For example, the collaborative team might consist of a mental health professional who serves as a divorce coach, and a child specialist to help design the parenting plan. Or, a neutral financial professional to aid in structuring property division and alimony. Each professional is trained in - and tasked with - reducing conflict and helping you come to an agreement. At the same time, your collaborative legal counsel is your advocate, ensuring your interests are protected each step of the way.
COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE BENEFITS
Many Connecticut spouses choose a collaborative divorce because it keeps control of the divorce process with the couple. While couples recognize that their marriage is over, they also want a secure and private setting to reach an agreement regarding the parenting of their children and the distribution of their property. Collaborative divorce avoids the delay, expense, and unpredictability that can be associated with litigation. At the same time, both spouses can benefit from neutral professional assistance from mental health professionals, financial experts, and more. Because of that, collaborative divorce attorneys can represent clients in complicated high net worth divorces with lots of assets. The flexibility of the collaborative divorce can benefit those with complicated schedules, including when one spouse is located out-of-state or internationally. Collaborative attorneys are specially trained to address conflict and disagreement in a creative and calming fashion, allowing the spouses to refocus on finding productive resolutions.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE?
Collaborative divorce offers a middle ground between mediation and litigation. In mediation, spouses meet with one neutral mediator. In a collaborative divorce, spouses each have their own attorney. The collaborative process is designed to be less time-consuming, less expensive and less confrontational than litigated divorce. Stress and anxiety are reduced, so spouses are better able to focus on resolving issues. Money saved in the collaboration can be used to jointly engage the services of other professionals, such as financial planners, tax accountants, or child experts.
Like the agreements reached via mediation, there is less Post Judgment litigation following collaborative divorces. The non-combative atmosphere diminishes hostilities, allowing couples to communicate and parent cooperatively during and after the divorce.
IS COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE RIGHT FOR ME?
Freed Marcroft’s attorneys handle divorces via all three approaches: mediation, litigation, and collaborative law. Your Freed Marcroft legal team will help you understand the pros and cons of all three so that you can choose the approach that’s the right fit for you and your family. For example, spouses’ willingness to communicate, move forward, and openly share financial information are critical components of collaborative divorce.
Freed Marcroft’s legal team has extensive experience in all divorce options, because what is most important to us is designing a divorce individualized to you, your goals, and your family. We call our initial consultation the Goals & Planning Conference because it’s all about your future. That way, your divorce attorney is set up to design a legal strategy to get you on to living the life that you want to live.