Massachusetts Collaborative Divorce Lawyer
Serving the Metrowest and Worcester, Massachusetts Areas
If you are facing a Massachusetts divorce, you need solutions that will work best for you and your family. For many families, expensive and stressful litigation is not the best option.
Fortunately, options exist to the traditional court-based divorce. If you prefer to stay in control of your divorce while maintaining a dignified process that considers the well-being of children one of the highest priorities, then you should give the Massachusetts collaborative divorce process a closer look.
Collaborative divorce is considered a relatively new alternative for couples to resolve their disputes respectfully without going to court. In a collaborative divorce, each party has their own lawyer that has received specialized training in the collaborative method. The collaborative process encourages the use of other professionals as part of the collaborative team, including divorce coaches and sometimes child and financial specialists. The attorneys each provide support and guidance to their individual client, while the other specialists are neutral members of the team. The multi-disciplinary approach is not required, but can be a major benefit of the process and actually help to reduce the financial and emotional damage that litigated cases so often inflict on couples and their children. Using a divorce coach is highly recommended however, based upon our experience with collaborative cases.
Several key concepts provide the framework for collaborative divorce, such as maintaining respectful communications, a pledge not to go to court until the final divorce agreement is completed, and a full exchange of information by both spouses. The process emphasizes the needs of both spouses and their children and issues are discussed at a series of team meetings where solutions are explored and discussed. Unlike court, the timetable can be controlled by the parties, all negotiation details are kept private, and the costs are oftentimes less expensive than protracted litigation.
Over the past few years, collaborative divorce has become the dispute resolution method of choice in a number of high-profile cases, including those of actor and comedian Robin Williams and Roy Disney. Although most cases can be handled in this fashion, a collaborative divorce may not be appropriate for everyone.
For many couples collaborative divorce is a smart way to manage the turmoil that often accompanies a traditional litigated divorce and minimize the negative effects divorce can have on children. Certainly, couple’s relationships change when they experience the end of their marriage. Collaborative divorce respects the past while empowering people to maintain healthy and respectful relationships in the future. This is a good thing, and especially helpful for couples who will be parenting their children together for years to come.
For more information on collaborative divorce and to download your own collaborative law information packet, visit the International Association of Collaborative Professionals website. To speak with an experienced Massachusetts Collaborative Divorce Attorney, please call us at (877) 842-1199.
The Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council website can be found here: www.massclc.org
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The Divorce Collaborative LLC has offices in Bedford, Franklin (main office) and Shrewsbury, MA!