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In many divorce and family law cases, clients wish to settle a divorce or family law case outside of court. It is often times more private to reach an agreement with the other party by not going to court with your divorce.  The difficult for many who seek an uncontested divorce is that they do not have an agreement on all the issues in order to complete a non-contested divorce.

This is where our collaborative professionals can help.  Our trained collaborative law attorneys will do our best to help you to reach an agreement with your spouse (or the opposing party without) the stress of fighting a court battle, if that is possible.

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Many are interested in the concept of a collaborative divorce. But an initial question many have is how long a collaborative divorce will take.

“Can a collaborative divorce be done in weeks or months, or will it take longer than that?” Many consider this question at length when they debate whether to entertain a collaborative divorce.
How Does A Collaborative Divorce Work?
A collaborative divorce entails both parties having a lawyer trained in collaborative divorce. Parties also typically have a financial neutral and a divorce coach to assist.

To complete a collaborative divorce, the reality is that parties have to
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When a client hires their collaborative divorce lawyer, they must get essential documents and evidence. Otherwise, it is hard for a lawyer to advise their client on what may be fair and reasonable settlement terms.
Additionally, without the necessary documents and evidence, it is hard for the lawyer to confirm the values of specific marital property and debt. It may also be hard to devise an appropriate strategy in collaborative sessions.
What Documents and Evidence Should A Client Get Their Lawyer?
Many clients are uncertain at the outset of the representation about what they should get their lawyer. To
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A collaborative divorce is an option for many individuals going through a divorce. Through a collaborative divorce, parties can sometimes resolve their divorce matter outside of court. When a divorce settles outside of court, it can reduce fees and animosity. It can also allow parties to co-parent better in the future.
Many parties should at least consider the option of collaborative divorce before engaging in litigation. Collaborative divorce will not work in every instance, but it might work in more instances than many may think.
Is Honesty Required for Collaborative Divorce to Work?
However, is it necessary that both
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When a marriage is not working, many opt for marriage counseling. Marriage counseling can be a good place for a married couple to discuss their difficulties in the marriage in the hopes of resolving them.
Many couples can walk out of marriage counseling in a better place. The hope for many is that a compromise can be forged on key areas of difficulty and that the marriage can continue.
Marriage counselors that are good at what they do can get both parties talking. Marriage counselors can also help parties engage in a discourse that can lead to a better understanding
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Collaborative Divorce As An Option
A collaborative divorce is an option many parties should consider when their marriage is ending. In a collaborative divorce, parties both hire a lawyer trained in collaborative practice. They also utilize the help of experts, like a divorce coach, financial neutral and child custody professional.
The hope is that parties can resolve their divorce or family law matter outside of court. After they reach an agreement, they can submit settlement paperwork to the judge to end their case.
In some situations, however, collaborative divorce does not work. The parties may try in good faith to
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During the COVID-19 crisis, access to the courts is limited. Many courts were only hearing divorce and family law matters virtually. The lack of access to the courts caused many distress and concern.
Many had immediate needs they needed to have addressed. It could be a divorce that could not wait. It might have been a child custody case where the parties could not agree to visitation time through consent.
With courts opening back up, many are having their cases heard again. Even then, most courts are suffering from backlogs. These backlogs might mean that some cases will still not move
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In the collaborative process, parties are attempting to resolve their divorce or family law matter outside of court in an amicable manner. Parties enlist collaborative lawyers and professionals to assist them.

In traditional negotiations, if parties are not making progress on settlement negotiations, one or both parties may threaten litigation if a settlement is not reached. Often, just the use of the word “litigation” or “court” can be designed to get the other party off an unreasonable position or back to the bargaining table.

A question some have is whether this same tactic can be employed in the collaborative process
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Parties who settle their divorce or family law matter amicably often do not want to go to court. Not going to court is one of the bonuses of settling the case.
Going to court can cause some parties with lots of stress. Some parties not like the thought of being seen in court. They might not want to take time off work. Further, they worry that if they go to court, the matter will not resolve cooperatively.
In a collaborative divorce, the hope is that the parties will sign settlement paperwork. In a divorce with kids, for example,
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Many want to settle their divorce or family law matter outside of court. They want to work it out on their own and not hire a lawyer. Many ask why they should spend their money on lawyers?
The thought makes sense on a lot of levels. If parties could settle their case on their own, maybe that would be best. But there are problems with this line of thinking for most:
1.) If parties were able to settle on their own, would they be getting a divorce in the first place? The cause of many divorce or family
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Many want to settle their divorce or family law matter outside of court. However, versus hiring lawyers, they want to work it out on their own. Man ask why they should spend the money on lawyers?
The thought makes sense on a lot of levels. If parties could settle their case on their own, maybe that would be best. But there are problems with this line of thinking for most:
1.) If parties were able to settle on their own, would they be getting a divorce in the first place? The cause of many divorce or family law
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In any divorce, including a collaborative divorce, all marital property and debt have to be divided. In an equitable division state, marital property and debt are to be divided in a just manner when considering all the statutory factors.

Stock options are often overlooked by many parties when dividing marital property and debt. Some parties might forget to include them on their financial statements inoccently. In other cases, a party might, unfortunately, fail to disclose them in hopes that the other party does not discover it.

In a collaborative divorce, it is vital that both parties act in
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In collaborative practice, one goal of both parties ought to be a fair settlement. A fair settlement means that both parties generally believe that the settlement is fair and equitable for both parties.
This is counter to traditional litigation where the goal is often to get the best deal possible for themselves. This is a mindset that is based on win-lose solutions versus win-win solutions.
In collaborative divorce and family law, win-win is what both parties should strive for in their case. Win-win solutions help prevent future disputes and disagreements. Win-win keep parties out of court.
Win-win solutions also
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The first settlement proposal in a collaborative divorce or family law matter can be critically important. Depending on that first offer, the other party to the case can decide that negotiating may bear fruit.
In other words, there are some settlement offers that can be so ambitious, that the other party might decide just to walk from the table. They might decide that the offer is so unreasonable, that they might feel hurt or insulted by it. Or, they might just feel like a reasonable settlement will be impossible.
On the other hand, it is true at the same time
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Reaching a settlement in a divorce or family law matter is easier said than done. For parties who are participating in a collaborative divorce, most are looking for a reasonable settlement. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be participating in collaborative practice in the first place.

But to settle a divorce or family law matter, a settlement is required. That means a settlement on all issues. In divorce and family law, the issues in play might be wide-ranging.

To get there, the parties have to get to a reasonable settlement. A reasonable settlement is in the eyes of the beholder. That’s a
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A collaborative divorce is a great option for those who wish to amicably settle their divorce outside of court. This is particularly true where both parties want to settle, but there is not an agreement on all issues.

In some situations, one party, however, wants a collaborative divorce, while the other party does not. This does not necessarily mean that the other party wants a litigated divorce.  But, sometimes, they have other ideas in mind.

They might want to hire an attorney who litigates, but who is willing to exchange settlement offers and negotiate. They might want to go
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In traditional litigation, it’s often the war of the competing experts. Whether the issues in the case are financial or custody related, both sides often enlist their own experts.

At trial, this can make it more lengthy and more contested. It can cost the paries a great deal in legal costs. The judge also has to determine whose opinions and methodologies are more credible after hearing their testimony and reviewing their reports.

In some cases, a business valuation might be the source of the dispute. It could be a real estate valuation regarding residential or commercial property. In a
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