The Collaborative Practice approach to divorce begins with a commitment by both spouses not to take their divorce into the courtroom, and instead come to an agreement voluntarily which is best for both of them. It relies on confidential meetings which encourage transparency, honesty, and open communication. The collaborative model allows the couple to discern which arrangements regarding the division of property, child custody, child support, spousal support, and visitation can be most beneficial, and choose them. Divorce mediation involves a similar approach.
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In the team model of Collaborative Practice, each spouse spends time with a communications coach to foster open communication between the two. Poor communication is the most common factor leading to divorce, and unless the problems it causes are addressed during the divorce process, poor communication may continue to plague the couple's future in the form of an agreement that does not truly suit them, or future disputes between the parents.
The couple also meets with a neutral financial professional who assists them in gathering and disclosing the necessary financial information and assessing the current and future impact of financial settlement options.
Since the professional who is best suited to answer the clients' questions are engaged from the outset of the proceedings, issues surrounding the divorce can be resolved more quickly and the result can be tailored to the clients' needs.
The referral model of collaborative practice is similar to the team model, except that this model is a "lawyer-centric" mode of dispute resolution. Each spouse still commits not to pursue litigation and the parties still take part in confidential meetings. Instead of hiring a team of professionals, however, the attorneys and the couple do their best to reach a decision on their own which takes all factors into account and engage other professionals as is beneficial. This works best for divorces with the fewest complications, like couples who have had short-term marriages with no children.
As an experienced Burlingame family lawyer, I am committed to the highest level of professionalism and integrity to ensure that my clients' family law matters are handled quickly and properly.
If you are facing a divorce in San Mateo or a surrounding area and feel that you would most benefit from the collaborative practice model, contact me at (650) 516-4777!