Because collaborative divorce is such a recent development, many people are unaware of what is involved in the process. You may find it useful to think of collaborative divorce as a four-stage event. In the end, the ultimate goal of the process is to reach a settlement that meets the needs of all concerned.
Stage 1 − Taking the initial steps: Collaborative divorce uses a team approach designed to let you work with people who are specifically trained to handle certain issues. The initial phase of the collaborative process therefore involves:
Stage 2 − Gathering information: The goal here is for everyone involved to understand the emotional, financial and behavioral features that make your family unique. It involves:
Step 3 − Creating options: The collaborative process is about respecting and understanding the interests of both yourself and your spouse. With the help of divorce coaches and the rest of the team, you are empowered to:
Step 4 − Reaching a Solution: Without going to court, and without the stress and emotional harm caused by a long battle, it is often possible to reach a satisfying resolution more quickly and much more peaceably. This final stage is about:
At Ostertag O’Leary Barrett & Faulkner, we believe in the collaborative process and we believe it can work for the vast majority of couples. By fostering cooperation instead of adversity, we have found that collaborative divorce allows clients and children to move forward in life more quickly and in a healthy manner.
To learn more about why the collaborative process may be the right choice for your divorce, call Ostertag O’Leary Barrett & Faulkner at 845-486-4300. You may also contact our law firm online.