Reaching agreements is difficult in the best of circumstances; reaching agreement in divorce is especially draining — emotionally and financially.
In Collaborative Divorce, you, your spouse, your lawyers and other Collaborative Team members make up the Collaborative Team. The Team has one goal, the efficient, collaborative resolution of all issues without trial, arbitration or the threat of either.
While arbitration is available to replace a public court trial, it is also available if collaboration or mediation reaches a deadlock (a stalemate on one or two remaining issues); then, it is time for divorce arbitration.
It may seem ironic that you would "nurture" a divorce, but mediation works best when both parties take the time to communicate with each other.
People turn to divorce attorneys for guidance on reaching a divorce settlement. The advice I offer often deals with what NOT to do.
Grandparents and parents can agree about visitation without going to court. But if they cannot agree, in certain situations grandparents might be able to get a court order that says they can visit.
Mediation is a confidential process where decisions are made in a private conference room. There are no filed declarations making accusations against each other. You maintain your good reputation.
It is never too early to start mediation. Here are some reasons why early resort to mediation can be helpful.
Many marriages break down because of a lack of communication or poor communication. So if a marriage can't last due to bad communication, how can you expect those same two people to sit in a room and come to an agreement in divorce mediation?
Two years of marital counseling has come to a crashing halt with the decision to divorce. After a few more sleepless nights of weighing the alternatives, you decide to give mediation a try.