It is true that divorce is often arrived at in an ultimate decision that follows months or years of marital problems. California spouses and others can relate to contentious situations where filing for divorce seems like the most viable solution option. However, that does not mean that every person who files for divorce is looking for a long, drawn-out courtroom battle; in fact, many people choose collaborative law to help them settle their divorces without confrontation.
A collaborative divorce is similar to the mediation process. There are typically more people involved, however, even though the process is confidential. In a collaborative system, you and your spouse will each have an attorney to advocate on your behalves.
There will also be a team of licensed people that includes a mental health professional and a financial adviser. The team's purpose is to make recommendations regarding various topics, such as co-parenting, taxes or property division. Two main benefits of collaborative divorce are that it tends to cost less and is known for being less adversarial. A good way to determine if this process would work for you is to speak to others whom you trust who have gone through it already, asking whether they would recommend it in your situation.
The Law Office of Edward S. Matisoff is fully prepared to support any California spouse who wishes to pursue a collaborative law divorce. With more than 30 years of family law experience, an experienced attorney can protect your rights and best interests throughout divorce negotiations. The collaborative process is often the best choice for spouses who are like-minded in wanting to swiftly and peacefully settle a divorce.