Minnesota Collaborative Divorce Lawyer

Collaborative law is an alternative way to resolve any marital disputes that does not require the emotionally draining and expensive court date. Instead, a marriage can end in a more natural process that takes into consideration the emotional and psychological implications of ending a marriage rather than just the legal aspects.

Collaborative Law Guidelines

Collaborative law focuses on a way to trouble shoot and problem solve rather than just battle it out in court. Collaborative law is similar to divorce mediation and requires both parties to be willing to sit down with their respected divorce attorneys and discuss the matters at hand.

Collaborative law is based on the following principals:

  • Respect: both parties must agree to act respectfully to one another during the process
  • Honesty in disclosure of documents: both parties must agree to openly discuss all documents and information including property, assets and debts.
  • Sharing of costs: if experts are needed in order to solve the problem, which is often the case in collaborative law, then both parties agree to split the costs involved.
  • Respect for the Children: both parties agree to leave the children out of all legal disputes. From a child’s perspective, collaborative law is a much better alternative to divorce.
  • A No Court Solution: both parties agree to settle outside of court and will not threaten with court action. In some instances, the disputes cannot be resolved through collaborative law. If this is the case, the couple may need to look into a divorce procedure instead. The entire process will start again and both lawyers will need to withdrawal from their positions.

Emotional Implications of Divorce

The main difference between divorce and collaborative law is that collaborative law takes into account the emotionally devastating consequences of dissolving a marriage. Often a divorce is not just black and white – there is a grey area that can be touchy for both spouses. While the court system usually does not factor this grey area in, collaborative law does. Collaborative law works with specialists to allow both parties to come to terms with the emotional implications involved in dividing up assets and moving on separately.

Specialists in Collaborative Law

In most collaborative law cases, there will be specialists called in to assess the situation and provide a neutral point of view. Specialists may include mental health counselors, financial advisors, accountants, child specialists if children are involved, vocational experts and real estate appraisers.

Moving Forward

Collaborative law focuses on a positive solution for the entire family, ensuring that all financial matters are taken care of and disclosed at a reasonable cost. Although not all collaborative law cases will end perfectly, they do provide both spouses with a better chance on moving on and remaining civil in the future.

Contact us for a Free Consultation

Our team is fully experienced in all aspects of collaborative law. If you are facing a pending divorce and want to learn more about the options of collaborative law, then it is important you speak with a qualified family law attorney right away. Collaborative law may be the answer you and your spouse are looking for. Contact Myles A. Schneider & Associates, Ltd. today at 763-315-1100 or by e-mail to schedule a free consultation.

Minneapolis Divorce Attorney & Lawyer

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