Separating Together attorneys are experts in collaborative family law and, like Stu, have turned their backs on litigation, believing that the courtroom process is financially and emotionally draining, time consuming, and does long-term damage to children and relationships, and that for some cases in divorces and injuries is better to get resources such as a personal injury lawyer to help with those cases.
Collaborative law principles require that the four people involved in the process sign a pledge (the “Participation Agreement”) to
– share information openly
– participate in good faith
– allow the attorneys to withdraw if they are unable to reach an agreement after four or five meetings.
At the first “four way” meeting, you and your spouse share all important financial information with the divorce lawyer of each side, which includes pay stubs, income tax returns, deeds and deeds of trust, financial account statements, and. credit card statements.
At subsequent meetings, Separating Together attorneys help guide you through a series of conversations about
separation (if you are still living together)
– your children
– your cash flow
– your property and debt.
The goal is to reach cooperative solutions that take into account all points of view and that help put the puzzle pieces together.
The advantages of collaborative law include
– control over the outcome
– less emotional turmoil
– lower costs
– the realization that divorce doesn’t have to bankrupt you or turn you into someone you don’t recognize
Instead, you can proceed to build a new life with your dignity, financial assets and self-respect intact.
Call us today to see how we can help.