Collaborative divorce practice provides an alternative approach to conventional divorce litigation. In fact, collaborative practice is a wholly out-of-court divorce option wherein a team of trained professionals guide you, your spouse, and your family together in dealing with all aspects of the divorce process. Your collaborative team will be comprised of attorneys, divorce coaches, financial specialists, and child specialists for those with minor children of the marriage.
The main difference between collaborative practice and conventional divorce is that you and your spouse promise to reach an agreement without going to court. In conventional divorce litigation, it becomes easy to see your spouse as an adversary and the divorce as a battle to be won. And ultimately your family’s fate, finances, and futures are decided by a judge. Alternatively, utilizing the collaborative practice approach allows you and your spouse to work together as a team to find mutually agreeable settlement terms for comprehensive resolution on all aspects of your divorce case that both can live with.
The collaborative team approach facilitates an environment that fosters open and meaningful communication and is designed to help you and your spouse reach an agreement with both of your interests in mind. This includes navigating legal issues, making decisions about the children and custody arrangements, dividing property, and making important financial decisions.
Committing to treating each other with mutual respect, sharing an open exchange of information, and working towards mutually beneficial solutions in the interests of all involved, are the foundational principles of collaborative practice. Pledging adherence to these principles with your spouse paves the way for open-minded decision making during the divorce process and for happy and successful lives post-divorce for all involved.
Why choose collaborative practice? Because collaborative divorce focuses on the needs of the family as a whole, and simultaneously allows you to focus on your own future. Divorce is the end of an era, but it does not have to be the end of your life. Collaborative practice is designed to help you and your spouse find common ground again and assist you each in moving forward with your own lives. This team approach helps you and your spouse continue to communicate after divorce by encouraging respectful and meaningful conversations and interactions throughout the divorce process.
Divorce is a life-changing event, but it does not need to dictate your future wellbeing and happiness. The lawyers at Bartholomew & Wasznicky and the professionals associated with the Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group can support you, your spouse, and your family to find a compassionate ending and a new beginning. We are here to help. Contact our office today to see if a collaborative divorce is right for you and your family.