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Collaborative Divorce Process

A welcome option for spouses attempting to dissolve their marriage is the Collaborative Divorce Process (also called Collaborative Family Law). The goal under the collaborative approach is to reduce the conflict inherent in the divorce process and allow the parties to work together to resolve issues.


With this approach, the parties and their attorneys enter into a Participation Agreement which expresses their desire to make a good faith effort to reach a mutually acceptable settlement of all issues without resorting to litigation in court. The Participation Agreement commits each spouse and their attorneys to resolve the dissolution by negotiated agreement. To do so, the Participation Agreement requires each spouse to exchange all financial information, maintain complete confidentiality during the process and by doing so, reach a written agreement on all issues without the use of formal litigation.


Perhaps most importantly, the Participation Agreement provides that if the parties are unable to reach a settlement, the collaborative lawyers will withdraw from representation and assist the parties in obtaining new attorneys to litigate the divorce. With this open and cooperative approach, both parties and counsel are able to work toward a settlement that benefits everyone.


When you need an experienced family law attorney to walk you through the collaborative family law process, contact Christopher M. Alexander at (513) 228 – 1100, mobile (513) 226 – 8489, or online at Chris@awklegal.com.

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