A collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial approach to resolving disputes without using the Court to assist or intervene in a case. The parties use a team of professionals to help them reach an amicable out of court resolution. The goal of a collaborative case is to focus on the needs of the family while focusing on a win-win mentality as opposed to the win-lose nature that traditional litigation often entails. The professionals all understand that a well thought out settlement of the issues in the case is what the goal is for the parties (and their children if there are kids) and timing milestones are usually set at each meeting to ensure that the case moves along in a timely and appropriate manner.
Each party will have an attorney representing their interests and facilitating the legal aspects of their case, in addition to a therapist or counseling professional to help each party. The professionals involved can also include a neutral financial expert and a cooperative parenting specialist to assist the parties with the custodial and parenting time aspects of the case.
While it may sound expensive to have all these professionals involved, studies show that often times a collaborative case is ultimately far less financially draining on a family and the parties than a more traditional litigated case.
The collaborative process is not for everyone, but if works for the parties it is certainly a preferable route to go or at the very least consider. Mr. Sarif has been trained in collaborative law and he can discuss if such a case and the collaborative process is right for you.
Even if a case has been filed and therefore not truly eligible to be considered a collaborative case in the strict sense of its definition, we can certainly apply collaborative principles to your situation to try and resolve it. In other words, even if a case has already been filed by your spouse, hope is not lost and we can still try to steer the case into a case which utilizing collaborative ideas such as mediation, settlement conferences, and the use of specialists, therapists, or counselors.