A collaborative divorce is essentially a divorce in which all parties involved work together to come to a settlement agreement. In most collaborative divorce cases, both parties are represented by their attorneys. Those attorneys draw on their experience negotiating divorce settlements to advise their clients as to what they believe is fair and proper. Attorneys are essentially there in a support capacity. With nearly all divorce proceedings, the ultimate “say-so” lies with the parties involved.
During a collaborative divorce proceeding, attorneys are not the only ones who can be called upon to offer their advice. A whole slew of other experts and can be brought into the negotiations to offer their expertise. Some of these experts include, but are not limited to:
- Financial advisers
- Child counselors
- Therapists (child or otherwise)
- Divorce coaches
- Accountants/ money managers
It is important to remember that this is a collaborative and not for everyone. Most couples who choose this avenue for divorce are on speaking terms and have an amicable relationship. By working together with their attorneys and experts, they can insure that the divorce settlement is not mandated by a judge that is unfamiliar with the specifics of their situation. There is always some level of risk involved when you turn that power over to a family law judge, be it in divorce settlement or child custody and support matters.
Not all spouses choose collaborative divorces. Indeed, many spouses choose instead to litigate these matters in court, with a skilled attorney at their side, defending their interests at every turn. A qualified divorce attorney like those at Wallin & Klarich can explain your different options, advise you on the best approach and tactics, and take care of all the necessary paperwork.
Whether you are interested in a collaborative divorce or wish to litigate your divorce settlement through the courts, the skilled Orange County divorce attorneys at Wallin & Klarich can help you. Even if you are unsure as to the best type of divorce to pursue, our attorneys can call on their extensive experience to advise you as to the course of action that would be most lucrative and make the most sense considering your position. Call us today at 1-888-749-7428, we can help you!