A divorce proceeding is commonly perceived and contentious and messy, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. After all, that will likely just end up costing you a lot of time and money. If you’re done, and you want to move on with your life, using the collaborative approach to divorce can speed up the process, cost you less money, and help keep your blood pressure down.
In the collaborative process, you’ll still be represented by legal counsel, but you and your attorney will agree with your ex and his/her counsel (usually in writing) that you’ll work together to resolve all your differences without the intervention of the court. Instead of spending your time and energy taking sides and trying to figure out how you can come away with as much as possible, you’ll be encouraged to work cooperatively with your ex to find mutually beneficial solutions. When dealing with complex or challenging issues, it’s not uncommon for parties in a collaborative proceeding to bring in experts, such as child psychologists, accountants or financial planners, to identify workable solutions.
As a part of the agreement, it’s typical that, should you be unsuccessful in your efforts and require an adversarial proceeding in court to settle any disputes, your collaborative process attorneys will withdraw from your case, so that you will need to hire new counsel for any hearings or proceedings involving the court.
If you are successful in the collaborative process, you’ll work with your ex and with attorneys to prepare and sign an agreement stating all the terms of your settlement. That agreement must typically be reviewed and approved by the court and entered into the record of your divorce.
At the office of Joanne E. Kleiner & Associates, we have more than 25 years of family law experience. We’ll help you stay focused on what matters. To schedule an appointment with an experienced Pennsylvania divorce attorney, contact our office online or call us at 215-886-1266.