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. It focuses on achieving a fair, creative divorce settlement that meets the needs of both spouses and their families. Freed Marcroft’s team of lawyers are both experienced divorce attorneys and trained collaborative divorce lawyers. Like mediation, collaborative practice is a voluntary litigation alternative. One major difference is that, in a collaborative divorce, each spouse’s lawyer fully represented them throughout. With the help of your Connecticut collaborative divorce lawyer, 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 divorce attorneys and neutral financial and parenting professionals help both parties negotiate and agree on the terms. This allows both spouses to reach the desired outcome while supporting their family. Your attorney at Freed Marcroft can help you decide on the following:
- Division of property
- Child custody & parenting plans
- Alimony & spousal support
- Child support
- Any post judgment issues that arise after your divorce
Collaborative Divorce Basics
Both spouses and their collaborative divorce lawyers sign a collaborative agreement committing to achieving fair and lasting divorce settlements through negotiation without using the court or even the threat of court.
The collaborative divorce process in Connecticut 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, your collaborative divorce lawyer may recommend 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 agree. Simultaneously, your collaborative divorce lawyer is your advocate. Your attorney is by your side, watching out for you 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 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 lawyers can represent clients in complicated high-net-worth divorces with lots of assets. The flexibility of the collaborative divorce can benefit those with complex schedules, including when one spouse is located out-of-state or internationally. Collaborative divorce lawyers have special training to address conflict and disagreement creatively and calmly. This allows the spouses to refocus on finding productive possibilities.
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