Collaborative Divorce Can Make Your Divorce Less Painful
Many couples in Pennsylvania are choosing alternative dispute resolution such as collaborative law or mediation instead of traditional divorce litigation. This allows the parties to reach a solution together instead of leaving the decision up to a judge. Collaborative law and divorce mediation are good options to resolve a divorce out of court and preserve each party’s dignity and relationships. This is especially important when there are children involved.
At McMorrow Law, LLC, attorney Brooke B. McMorrow and her associate attorneys are all certified in collaborative law. We can assist you with a collaborative divorce or divorce mediation if you are located in Wexford or the Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania. We can also facilitate and formalize a private, negotiated settlement.
What Exactly Is Collaborative Divorce?
In a collaborative divorce, each party retains his or her own attorney and signs an agreement stating that they will resolve all issues and reach a negotiated settlement. If one or both parties cannot reach a divorce agreement, each attorney must withdraw and the case will go to trial with new lawyers.
Unlike a trial, collaborative divorce is not adversarial. The focus is on cooperating rather than defeating an opponent. The parties can talk freely to find a compromise.
Professionals, such as collaborative divorce coaches (mental health professionals) and financial professionals (financial advisers, CPAs and business valuation experts) can help facilitate conversation between the parties while maintaining neutrality.
While collaborative divorce is an excellent option for some couples, it does not work for everyone. It is important to understand that if the collaboration fails, the parties will spend additional time and money hiring new lawyers and going to trial.
However, in our experience, the collaborative divorce process can be very successful because participants are invested in the outcome.
Attorneys Certified In Collaborative Law
In Pennsylvania, lawyers must be specially trained before they can practice collaborative law. All of our attorneys are certified in collaborative law and attorney Brooke McMorrow has extensive experience assisting numerous couples with their collaborative divorces.
We Can Make The Divorce Process Go More Smoothly
If you are interested in learning more about collaborative divorce, contact McMorrow Law, LLC. We have offices conveniently located in Wexford and Pittsburgh. Call 724-940-0100 or contact our firm online.