How does the Collaborative Process work?
Each of you hire your own attorney that is specially trained in the Collaborative Process. Unlike the litigated family case, your attorneys do not work against each other, but rather together while still advocating for you. There are no hearings or formal discovery requests because everything is done outside of the courtroom. An interdisciplinary team works together to help you both identify and resolve all your issues, so that you can respectfully and maturely resolve your differences in a joint effort. The Collaborative Process is voluntary, private and transparent. The goal is to create the best possible future for you and your family.
As Abraham Lincoln eloquently advised:
“Discourage litigation. Persuade neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out how the nominal winner is often the real loser in fees, expenses and waste of time. As a peacemaker, the lawyer has a superior opportunity of becoming a good man [sic (or woman)].”
Why do you not want to litigate?
- You want to avoid court. By staying out of court, you save time, money, and avoid conflict.
- You want a faster resolution. The court system is notoriously slow and your divorce can drag out for a very long time and be very costly.
- You want to have control. You won’t be able to set the pace and you will feel stress and pressure because the stranger in the black robe will be deciding your fate.
- You want to avoid adversity. If you fight, just by its very nature, you will position yourself against your spouse, thereby severing any kind of healthy relationship in the future.
- You want privacy and confidentiality. If you litigate, nothing is private and everything becomes a matter of public record.
- You want it to be Client-Focused driven. In court, your needs may be set aside or even forgotten because of all the court procedural requirements that must be met.
Betsy Vázquez, Esquire, is a Collaboratively trained attorney and a member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute and Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
8 Divorce Options
Empowerment comes from an informed choice
- Do-It-Yourself (Pro se)
- Kitchen-Table Plus
- One-Lawyer/One-Spouse Negotiations
- Two-Lawyer/Two-Spouse Negotiations
- Collaborative Process
- Traditional Courtroom Divorce
Why Collaborative Law?
- You do avoid court or threat of court. You get to hire your own team of professionals and nothing is ever filed with the court during the Collaborative Process. Your attorney’s goal is to contain conflict rather to inflame it.
- You do get a faster resolution. You set the pace of your meetings. It can go as fast or as slow as you want it to go. The attorneys are focused on reaching your divorce settlement.
- You do have control of the Collaborative Process. You can control when and where the meetings take place, as well as who can attend your meetings.
- You do lack adversity. Your Collaborative Process maintains an open and respectful line of communication. The process minimizes conflict and stress, protects the children, and reduces escalating divorce costs, which in turn preserves your marital assets.
- You do maintain privacy and confidentiality. Your exchange of information remains private and confidential. You don’t have to worry about any information becoming public.
- Your Collaborative Process is Client-Focused driven. Your goal is to achieve a fair and reasonable resolution you can live with. You make all the decisions.
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