When folks are seeking to divorce, an increasingly important consideration is “how” they wish to engage through the process. The discussion often turns to financial as well as emotional considerations for both the couple and any children. One of the so called “alternative dispute resolution” methods is Collaborative Divorce, which began in the United States over 10 years ago.
During the Collaborative process, each party is represented by counsel, and signs a participation agreement whereby they agree to resolve their differences without going to Court, that they will make a good faith effort to reach a mutually agreeable settlement and that they will voluntarily disclose all pertinent information. The parties may work with a larger team which may include a financial neutral, one or two divorce coaches and/or a child specialist.
Folks who choose this process are often drawn to the opportunity to minimize conflict by working with a divorce coach, or because it gives the children a voice that is so often unheard. In complex financial matters, the parties have the ability to work with a seasoned financial professional who can provide valuable information or assist the parties if other financially related professionals are necessary for the team.
The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals is based right here in Phoenix and in the same building as the State Bar. It’s website indicates there are 235 practice groups throughout the United States, including three in Arizona, and lists 18 additional countries where practice groups exist.
There is a growing buzz of information on the internet regarding Collaborative Divorce. An example was documented by one such group, in Tampa, Florida at http://tinyurl.com/p36pcuj
You may wish to consider Collaboration if you believe that the Collaborative process may be right for your situation.
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