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Suffolk County Collaborative Divorce Lawyer

Providing People with Legal Counsel for Collaborative Divorce

Another process, termed "collaborative divorce", has recently gained popularity among couples seeking to resolve all divorce issues, including valuation of degrees and licenses, businesses, and property. This process allows the parties to avoid Court appearances, thereby having an opportunity to resolve the legal issues without engaging in formal financial disclosure as they likely would during the litigation process.

Further, it affords the couple the chance to fashion their own agreement, thereby avoiding Court decisions that may not serve them as well. Unlike mediation, each party in the process is represented by an attorney, but not on an adversarial basis. The attorneys involved have the duty to assist in facilitating a sensible and practical settlement for the parties involved.

When specific experts are needed, such as accountants, appraisers or others, both parties will work together with their respective counsel to decide which experts to retain, at what cost and payment arrangement. After the parties reach a settlement in principal, the attorneys work in a collaborative way to draft the agreement. Thereafter, the attorneys will work together to prepare the required divorce documents, together with the other necessary legal paperwork, to be submitted to the Court and the judgment of divorce will be processed.

Collaborative Divorce in Suffolk County, New York

During the Collaborative Law process, all the legal issues in a divorce are brought to the table for non-adversarial analysis and basic problem solving with regard to child support, child custody, visitation, spousal support, and property distribution. For the husband and wife who wish to dissolve their marital bonds without Court intervention but with the guidance of experienced counsel, this process offers a path to resolution without further damaging the relationship between the parties. It is ideal, especially for parents who are determined to avoid Court intervention on issues most impacting the Children: custody, parenting time sharing and support. Property distribution is also often resolved more easily and efficiently when attorneys work together in a non-adversarial atmosphere with parties to structure a settlement that addresses their respective agendas.

When potentially warring parties are willing to come to a solution with the practiced guidance of counsel, the marital dissolution process is generally less stressful, and the resolution, born of a cooperative effort on the part of both the husband and wife, is more likely to be adhered to than if a disappointing directive was issued by the Court. However, once engaged in the collaborative law process for marital dissolution, the parties sign an agreement that in the event a resolution cannot be reached, each party must then start from the beginning and retain a new attorney; the attorneys who participated in the collaborative divorce do not have the option to continue to represent their respective clients in Court. Although this rule of collaborative law may seem harsh, it is this rule that is the basis of the collabortive divorce process because it fosters an atmosphere of cooperation between the spouses.

Contact a collaborative divorce attorney to discuss the non-adversarial options in divorce. We serve clients throughout Suffolk County and Long Island.

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Jane K Cristal P.C. - Suffolk County Divorce Lawyer
Located at 200 Old Country Road, Suite 400, Mineola, NY 11501.
Phone: (800) 817-5029.
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