Collaborative Divorce Out of Court Option

Collaborative Divorce is an out-of-court, mediation-based process that utilizes a professional team to support a divorcing couple, as they strive to resolve their family’s legal and financial issues. In the Collaborative process, both spouses retain an attorney that is specially and specifically trained to assist in resolving divorces in a collaborative fashion. At The onset, both parties and their attorneys sign an Agreement indicating their desire to reach a resolution outside of the legal system. It is important to note that if the collaborative process is not ultimately successful, the parties are not barred from filing a legal action and seeking a divorce through traditional litigation, (although you will not be able to retain the same authority previously utilized).

In addition to your attorneys, your Collaborative Team almost always includes a neutral and/or mental health professional who will assist the parties in realizing their goals, both individual and family-oriented. Your team may also include a divorce coach, financial planner and/or child specialist if applicable to your case. The Collaborative process progresses through a-series of meetings with your teams during which you identify goals and issues and utilize strategies to accomplish and resolve them. Honesty and full disclosure is necessary to ensure equity in this process. 

There are numerous advantages to the Collaborative Divorce process including:

  • The process is inspired by the team approach.
  • Less adversarial process, resulting in less stress, tension and bad feelings between the parties;
  • Often results in a more enduring agreement — one that both parties are accepting of and thus less likely to result in litigation in the future.
  • May result in a reduction in the time and cost typical of a traditional divorce action.
  • Allows client freedom, allows the client to make educational decisions from a multi discipline team.
  • When applicable, focuses on the best interests of the minor child(ren) and the family unit and thus better long term impact on the family. Most parents are really willing to do this for their children.
  • A resolution totally out of court.

Testimonials

  • The Law Firm of Victoria, P.C. “I want to thank you for taking the time out of your busy practice to review the status of my legal proceedings and for offering your advice in how to go forward. Obviously, my biggest mistake was in not retaining you at the onset”
  • The Law Firm of Victoria, P.C. “It’s been a year since I contacted your firm, which I heard about on the radio. I received excellent representation from the Attorneys. All is good, and I can actually say better that I had hoped and I just wanted to take this opportunity to say THANKS!”
  • The Law Firm of Victoria, P.C. “With your law firm and her help I made it through the divorce process and now I am finally happy once again.”
  • The Law Firm of Victoria, P.C. “I want to thank all of you who gave so unselfishly to help me get my dignity back… You fought to the very end for the best possible conclusion. Thank you for all you accomplished for me.”
  • The Law Firm of Victoria, P.C. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I appreciate your kindness, professionalism and patience. You are truly a blessing.”
  • The Law Firm of Victoria, P.C. “You have been a great help for me and have opened my eyes to a lot of new information and I am very thankful for you and the Law Firm of Victoria.”
  • The Law Firm of Victoria, P.C. “I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate all your hard work and dedication — you went above and beyond to write the order and work with everyone to get the document signed and filed with the court. I greatly appreciate everything that you have done”
  • The Law Firm of Victoria, P.C. “I’m not sure where to begin in expressing my gratitude, appreciation, and respect for the professional yet personal way you walked beside me during my divorce… I felt as though I wasn’t just another case, I felt that my life and I mattered.”
  • The Law Firm of Victoria, P.C. “You fought for me in meetings and at mediation as if your happiness depended on it and I am eternally grateful.”
  • The Law Firm of Victoria, P.C. “Very thorough, good, honest advice. I really liked the gentleness and candor of both attorneys.”
  • The Law Firm of Victoria, P.C. “You are awesome, my mind was put at ease in some areas and I am panicked in others, which is good!”
  • The Law Firm of Victoria, P.C. Dear Dennis, Thank you so much for your generous kindness, support, and care for my case! I really appreciate it. May God bless your firm and may more people get help from you. Many thanks!
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