Separating Together attorneys are all 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.
Collaborative law principles require that the four people involved in the process sign a pledge (the “Participation Agreement”) to share information openly, to participate in good faith, and to allow the attorneys to withdraw if they are unable to reach an agreement after four or five meetings.
You and your spouse share all important information at the first “four way” meeting, which includes pay stubs, income tax returns, deeds and deeds of trust, financial account statements, credit card statements, and other relevant financial information.
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, and 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 privacy, control over the outcome, less emotional turmoil, lower costs, and 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.