Collaborative Process

The Collaborative Process is a “team approach” out-of-court process that entails negotiations between you and your collaboratively trained attorney on one side and your spouse and his/her collaboratively trained attorney on the other side, negotiating to reach a final resolution of your legal matter. This process often times includes the participation of a mental health coach and/or a financial professional.

What is a collaborative divorce?

Collaborative law refers to the process of removing disputes from the "fight and win" setting of a courtroom and moving the matter into a setting of out of court negotiations. In a collaborative law matter, you and your collaboratively trained attornies work with you to negotiate your legal matter after full disclosure of all relevant information.

What are the benefits of using a collaborative divorce?

  • Saves money
  • Informal setting
  • Information exchange is free, open, informal, and honest
  • Saves time
  • You can decide now how to handle post-settlement disputes
  • You negotiate a result that works for you

The definition of the word “parent” has changed (Legally speaking)

Divorce Mediation

On August 30, 2016 the highest court in New York State expanded and changed the definition of the word “parent”. In two companion decisions the New York State Court of Appeals decided that a person lacking both a biological connection, or an adoptive connection to a child may still be considered a parent for purposes of seeking custody and visitation...

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