Everyone knows someone who has gone through a divorce and most would say it was not a pleasant experience. It does not have to be. What if the spouses, with the assistance of two collaboratively trained lawyers, were empowered to settle their divorce out of court creating an outcome that they both walk away feeling okay about rather than a judge telling them what they are getting? Well, it is a possibility now.
When considering a divorce, there are many factors to consider in making such a big decision. There are several possible approaches for couples entering into divorce proceedings. The "kitchen" table approach is when the parties are able to work everything out themselves without any outside assistance. Mediation allows the parties to try to reach an agreement with the help of a third party neutral who helps to facilitate an agreement between the parties without offering legal advice. The traditional divorce approach is where one or both individuals retain a family law attorney and the case proceeds through the court system. The newest approach to divorce is the collaborative law approach. The collaborative process is one in which the spouses, along with their collaboratively trained attorneys, adopt a teamwork approach and work towards a resolution of all outstanding issues through a series of team meetings.