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Chase, Berenstein and Murray,

Counselors at Law


Guidance Through Three Types Of Collaborative Divorce

Ending a long-time marriage involving children and assets can have disastrous consequences — both emotionally and financially. At the Burlingame practice of Chase, Berenstein and Murray, Counselors at Law, we provide innovative, cooperative alternatives to courtroom-based divorces. The modern court system is not designed for families. Our experience and deep skills focus on the newer model of collaborative divorce.

A collaborative approach starts with both spouses making a commitment to keep their divorce out of court. This method better suits today’s modern world with the key benefits of a swifter more amicable resolution, if all parties work together.

Three Collaborative Approach Options

Our firm in California offers differing paths to a Collaborative divorce decree:

  • Collaborative Practice Divorce model: This allows the couple to determine which arrangements are most beneficial concerning child support and custody, spousal support, visitation, and division of property. Collaborative Divorce assists the couple in getting the professional assistance needed to help them reach their own resolution, in the their best interest and that of their children.
  • Team model: Each spouse meets with a communications coach to encourage open communication. Since poor communication is a main reason why couples divorce, it is important to address problems that may cause future disputes. The couple also works with a financial professional to help the gather up and understand their financial circumstances. Other consultants can work with the couple to help with real estate, vocational, and business valuation issues.
  • Referral model: Like the team model, this model fosters a resolution with the lawyers and couple working to reach decisions on their own. This model is best for simpler divorces, such as short-term marriages without children.

Divorce mediation services help couples with a different approach to the cooperative model. Spouses meet with a neutral mediator who can facilitate a discussion and lend unbiased suggestions. The mediation process removes the need for a judge in your divorce. You make the decisions, and all information discussed is confidential. Your information cannot be presented to a judge even if litigation happens in the future.

Explore More By Talking With Our Collaborative Divorce Lawyer

Whether you are seeking mediation services or a collaborative end to a marriage, a discussion with our compassionate, yet assertive family law attorney can help. Schedule an appointment today at our family law firm that strives to resolve legal issues swiftly and smoothly. Call us toll-free at 650-642-3897 or email this swift-request form to ask for a consultation. Our confident lawyer can explain more about starting an out-of-court divorce.