Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson has several lawyers who have been active in collaborative divorce as it has evolved over the years. Collaborative divorce offers a tremendous opportunity to lessen the conflict of divorce for clients who are committed to making it work and reaching an amicable agreement.
When people are committed to solving problems rather than winning fights, the prospect of a mutually acceptable agreement considerably increases. The benefits of this approach include:
- Greater control over the ultimate outcome of the divorce proceedings
- Reduced stress
- Utilizing and taking advantage of personal problem-solving skills
In a collaborative divorce, each side is represented by a lawyer but signs an agreement at the outset to work in good faith toward a negotiated resolution of all issues, from property division to custody and access to children. If the process breaks down at any point and a disputed matter needs to go to court, the parties will need to retain new lawyers because the original attorneys, in accordance with the mandates of collaborative law, agreed not to represent their clients if court action becomes necessary.
Collaborative law should not be chosen primarily as a way to avoid litigation expenses. In a complex divorce case, your need for legal advice and expert support will probably approach what would be required to prepare for trial.
If you want more information about the collaborative approach to divorce, contact the collaborative law attorneys of Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson at any of our three office locations.