Most spouses seeking a divorce want to avoid confrontation. Many California couples in these circumstances choose alternative dispute resolution instead of litigation. Collaborative law is a means of settling a divorce without going to court.
If you choose collaboration to settle your divorce, there will be a team of advisers and others involved in the process. In addition to separately retained attorneys, you may also include financial advisers, psychologists and/or others who can make recommendations to help both spouses achieve a fair settlement. Sometimes, the collaborative law process does not work out as a concerned spouse had hoped it might, in which case, litigation may be necessary; in that event, new attorneys would have to be hired because the original attorneys in a collaborative divorce sign on for the purpose of working together to come up with an agreement that is fair to the parties.
A collaborative divorce is typically less expensive than litigation. In many cases, this is less stressful than litigating a divorce in court. If you have children, it may be helpful to them to witness their parents' willingness to work together as a team to ensure that the plan for your family's future is centrally focused on their best interests.
Collaborative law provides an opportunity to discuss California property division laws, child custody issues and any other important topic related to your divorce in a private setting with legal representation present. The Law Office of Edward S. Matisoff has been in practice for nearly four decades. You may request a free consultation to determine whether collaboration, mediation or litigation would be a best course of action in your particular circumstances.