What is a Collaborative Divorce? 

Posted in Divorce on June 26, 2023

One of the greatest final gifts a couple can give each other is divorce proceedings that are not laden with strife and contention. It takes a lot of willingness to work together, often putting personal emotions aside, to achieve a peaceful marriage dissolution.

Even when a couple can achieve this goal, having a Solana Beach divorce attorney to guide and support you in a challenging life event can make all the difference. When children are involved, or a high net worth asset divorce proves difficult, representation working to achieve the outcome you are striving for is necessary. Let us be the support you can depend on in a collaborative divorce in California.

Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce is a respectful process leading to marriage dissolution or the end of a domestic partnership that allows each spouse to contribute to this agreement. The vital requirement for a collaborative divorce is that the spouses are willing to work together to negotiate throughout the process.

Retain Legal Representation

The right attorney for you in a Solana Beach divorce will possess outstanding mediation skills, retaining the ability to hear the requests of your partner’s attorney and harmoniously work together while steadfastly representing your needs. An attorney with mediation experience can calm emotionally charged situations, working with the facts and understanding that the goal is not to settle old differences but to successfully dissolve the relationship without court litigation.

Ultimately, your attorney relentlessly works on your behalf and strives to achieve the terms you wish to create. There are decisions that can have life-altering consequences, so open communication is essential when discussing these critical details.

  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Division of assets and debts
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Division of retirement accounts

Secure a Collaborative Divorce Team

A team of professionals will work with you and your partner to achieve the optimal outcome for your family. This team can vary depending on your needs. This collaboration may include the following:

  • Financial specialist
  • Divorce coach
  • Child specialist
  • Real estate agent
  • Business specialist
  • Mental health advocate

A collaborative divorce team creates the environment to effectively facilitate emotionally charged situations creatively and uniquely.

Begin the Collaborative Process

A critical aspect of a collaborative divorce is a no-court agreement. This agreement ensures your attorneys that you are willing to work through the challenges to come to a resolution without involving the courts.

If you change your mind, your attorney may retain the right to withdraw representation, meaning you must begin finding an attorney again. In addition to finding an attorney, a new collaborative divorce team must be assembled.

It may take many meetings to achieve a workable solution for both parties. Again, the goal is not to rehash hard feelings but to work toward a settlement you both can agree to in the dissolution.

Know Your Spouse

The team of Ratzer|Dobis is equipped to sort out the financial complexities of the divorce, which requires extensive legal knowledge, but it is up to you and your spouse to disclose any financial information. Failing to disclose financial information to your team and partner can result in your divorce settlement being altered by the courts. If deception could be an issue, it is worth revisiting if this process is best for you.

Collaborative Support for Solana Beach Divorce

Your most significant support in a collaborative divorce is Ratzer|Dobis. We understand the principles of working together, but we will prioritize your interests. From the beginning, when you speak with a team member, we will begin guiding you to a successful outcome in collaborative divorce.