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What is Collaborative Divorce?

What is Collaborative Divorce?

In the event you and your spouse have made the tough decision to dissolve your marriage, it is important that you understand your options. Many people think that filing for a divorce is as cut and dry as that, but it is actually more complicated. If you and your spouse or choosing to separate amicably and are looking for a fair solution, you may want to consider a collaborative divorce. A relatively new concept, collaborative divorce allows for both parties to reach fair solutions by working with a team of trained divorce attorneys in order to resolve disputes respectfully. During this process, each spouse will retain an attorney who will offer support, guidance, and protection as the divorce is being finalized. The divorce attorneys at Atkins & Markoff are trained in these types of cases, allowing you to learn more about the alternative dispute resolution options available to you. Collaborative divorce and mediation are two of the most common options for couples looking for a respectful way to dissolve a marriage that everyone can agree on.

How Does it Work?

It is important to note that the underlying goal of collaborative divorce is to allow couples to reach mutually satisfactory and agreed upon divorce settlements instead of having to work with judge-imposed decisions. These types of resolutions models are quite effective. One of the most unique features of a collaborative divorce is that both spouses enter into the agreement with the same end goal. Here is a brief look at how a collaborative divorce works:

  • Once retaining an attorney, you will create a team of experts who will work with you in exchanging dialogue toward the resolution of issues
  • You will receive support and legal advice from your attorney as well as the team of experts throughout each step of the process
  • Each spouse will disclose all assets and debts, among other things
  • Your attorney will help you assess the information and offer guidance on how to proceed
  • You will attend a series of scheduled meetings which will involve different professionals in order to identify and examine the issues at hand
  • You will explore your options and work towards an agreement with your spouse
  • A problem-solving approach will be used, which will focus on ‘interest based negotiations’
  • Your attorney will help you to work productively and find agreements that are in-line with the interests of both parties
  • Both parties will agree to participate and work together under a resolution is achieved
  • Any uncooperative behavior will result in the process being terminated

If you have any questions about collaborative divorce or are wondering if this is the right move for you and your spouse, please do not hesitate to contact an Oklahoma divorce attorney from Atkins & Markoff today.