Collaborative Divorce is an approach that focuses on resolving conflicts in a divorce without the fighting that is part of a traditional litigated divorce. Carolyn Collins is a collaboratively trained attorney assisting her clients with this process with her expert knowledge and calming influence.
What is a Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative Divorce is a process that encourages you and your spouse to work together to reach a mutually beneficial settlement outside of the courtroom. You each hire an attorney who assists in negotiating a settlement agreement that meets the interests and goals of both parties.
Neutral divorce professionals are also brought into the Collaborative Divorce team. A financial professional helps you work through dividing assets and planning budgets for your post-divorce life. A mental health professional serves as a divorce coach to help keep the Collaborative Divorce meetings focused on your goals and interests. The process is guided by open communication, respect, and a commitment to finding creative solutions that prioritize the needs of the entire family.
Benefits of Collaborative Divorce
- Enhanced Communication
The collaborative divorce process promotes open and respectful communication between the parties, allowing for a more constructive resolution of conflicts.
- Control Over the Outcome
Rather than leaving decisions to a judge, the couple has more control over shaping the terms of their divorce, resulting in a greater sense of satisfaction and ownership.
- Privacy and Confidentiality
Collaborative Divorce proceedings are confidential, protecting sensitive information from public disclosure.
- Cost and Time Efficiency
By agreeing not to go to court, a Collaborative Divorce can be resolved more efficiently, potentially reducing costs and the overall length of the divorce process.
- Preserving Relationships
By working together in a cooperative manner, Collaborative Divorce aims to minimize hostility and preserve a more positive post-divorce relationship, which is especially important when children are involved.
Once an agreement is reached, the attorneys will draft a settlement agreement that reflects the decisions made during the collaborative process. This agreement will be submitted to the court for final approval, ensuring that it is legally enforceable.
Carolyn Collins is an experienced Austin based Collaborative Divorce attorney.