The last thing those going through divorce want is to enter long, drawn-out battles in court that result in flared tempers, emotional outbursts and contentious disputes regarding any number of issues. Avoiding this type of nightmarish situation is one of the reasons many people in California are choosing alternative dispute resolution methods, such as collaborative law. The concept has helped many divorcing couples enter structured negotiations alongside personal legal representation to work out differences in a solution-oriented setting.
Collaborative arrangements often help those facing child custody, visitation or property disagreements achieve solutions to their problems before heading to court. In order for this type of negotiation setting to be successful, both participants must promise to act in respectful, cooperative manners. Each spouse attends collaborative meetings with his or her own attorney, who can facilitate amicable discussion and offer suggestions for solutions when spouses are having difficulty finding common ground.
At the conclusion of collaborative negotiations, spouses may sign a written agreement covering terms and conditions regarding their divorce. If you’re unsure whether the collaborative process aligns with your particular needs and ultimate goals in divorce, it may help to discuss the matter with an attorney who is experienced in the process. If this is not the best choice of dispute resolution for your situation, an attorney can let you know and can suggest other options that best suit your needs.
The Law Office of Edward S. Matisoff, in California, is committed to providing personalized assistance in collaborative law and all other divorce situations. Whether your main focus has to do with tax issues, child-related matters or other financial issues, our office if fully prepared to assist you. Even if you decide against the collaborative method and opt for litigation, by relying on experience and aggressive representation, you may increase your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in court.