Guidance Through Three Types Of Collaborative Divorce
Ending a long-time marriage involving children and assets can have unfortunate 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 attorney’s 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 world with the key benefits of a swifter more amicable resolution, if all parties work together.
Three Collaborative Approach Options
Chase, Berenstein and Murray, Counselors at Law, offers differing paths to a collaborative divorce decree:
- Collaborative 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 their best interests and those 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.
Whether you are seeking mediation services or a collaborative end to a marriage, a discussion with attorney Lisa Murray can help. Schedule an appointment today. Call us at 650-642-3897 or email this send us an email.