As you have probably heard, parental divorce can be very hard on children, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be. Thanks to alternative dispute resolution processes like collaborative law, divorcing parents are able to focus on what really matters as they move on with their lives: their children.
What is collaborative law?
Collaborative law is an alternative dispute resolution method in which a divorce is settled outside of the traditional litigation process. Reaching an agreement outside of court has numerous benefits for everyone involved, especially children.
But collaborative law means more than just a couple that is willing to work together to settle their divorce. The process actually requires the parties and their attorneys to sign a contract saying that they will have to find new legal representation if the collaborative process fails.
This formal agreement makes certain that everyone involved is committed to reaching a resolution without the threat of going to court looming over the negotiation table.
Collaborative law is also unique in that it often involves bringing on additional professionals -- such as financial experts, child specialists and mental health specialists -- in order to take a more holistic approach to the divorce.
As a family law attorney in practice for more than two decades, Steven J. Gaba has seen first-hand the emotional and financial toll that divorce can have on a family. Mr. Gaba also understands how these negative consequences can be mitigated by the collaborative law process.
Keep reading for more information on collaborative law, or meet with a collaboratively-trained lawyer in your area to discuss whether the process would be a good option for resolving your family law matter.