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Collaborative Divorce

You Can End Your Marriage Peacefully

When most people think about divorce, they think about hostility, bitterness and resentment. Conventional divorce does nothing to alleviate these feelings. In fact, it exacerbates them. Fortunately, there is a way for you and your spouse to work together toward a mutually agreeable divorce settlement.

Collaborative divorce gives you control over your own future and allows you and your spouse to find constructive ways to dissolve the marriage. At Ostertag O’Leary Barrett & Faulkner, we believe strongly that collaborative divorce is superior to traditional litigation. The process fosters an atmosphere of respect and problem solving that is simply not possible when engaged in a court battle. This atmosphere is healthy for you and it minimizes impact on your children.

To arrange a consultation to discuss your situation with an experienced Poughkeepsie collaborative divorce attorney, please call 845-486-4300. You may also contact our law firm online.

What Is Collaborative Divorce?

It is true that litigation will eventually end your marriage, as will the collaborative process. Litigation, however, almost invariably increases hostility, wastes resources and emphasizes “winning” over problem solving. In the end, neither party gets a satisfying outcome.

Collaborative divorce is client-centered and negotiation-based, meaning you and your spouse are in control of your own futures. The most important features of collaborative divorce are:

  • A pledge to stay out of court: Each party and their attorneys all sign an agreement that the case will not go to court. With the specter of a court battle removed, you can focus on constructive solutions.
  • Communication and participation: Unlike litigation, a collaborative divorce involves open, honest communication. By exchanging information in active, face-to-face meetings, it is easier to understand your spouse’s interests as well as your own, which leads to better solutions.
  • Access to a team: Collaborative divorce fosters a supportive environment that helps you manage your emotions and protects your children. By working with financial specialists, child specialists and divorce coaches, you can gain a full understanding of the wide-ranging issues involved in your divorce and work toward a healthy, satisfying outcome.

A divorce will always be a major life event. Collaborative divorce can help you move forward after this event, and do so in a productive manner. If you have children, they can benefit greatly from the way the process shields them from animosity and conflict. We encourage you to explore and consider the collaborative process as the way to bring an end to your marriage.

Contact a New York Amicable Divorce Attorney

To learn more about collaborative divorce, call Ostertag O’Leary Barrett & Faulkner at 845-486-4300. You may also contact our law firm online.


Ostertag O'Leary Barrett & Faulkner

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Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
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