Divorce can be an overwhelming and emotional experience for many couples. Occasionally, just being in a courtroom can exacerbate these intense emotions and prevent couples from fairly negotiating or making positive choices. Subsequently, collaborative divorces were developed to help spouses effectively navigate the divorce process through legal mediation and peaceful negotiations.
The benefits of a collaborative divorce include:
- Honest communication between spouses
- Avoids the stress of litigation
- Ultimately saves time and money
- The informal setting inspires cordial negotiations
- All decisions are determined by the separating spouses outside of court
At DiPietro Law Group, PLLC, our lawyers have over 42 years of combined legal experience and have effectively guided many couples through the collaborative divorce process. When you schedule a consultation, we can review your case, evaluate your legal objectives, and develop a strategy to negotiate a marital settlement agreement that reflects your needs.
Contact our Washington, D.C. collaborative divorce attorneys at (202) 902-9587 to learn if the collaborative divorce process can benefit you.
Understanding the Collaborative Divorce Process
A collaborative divorce is unique because it allows you to complete your negotiations and finalize your case entirely out of court. During the process, both spouses need to make decisions regarding fair asset and property division, custody and visitation rights, and financial support payments.
However, a collaborative divorce can only be successful if both spouses are willing and cooperative. This is intended to be a low-conflict divorce option that keeps negotiations as peaceful and stress-free as possible.
To ensure a successful case outcome, there are specific steps that must be completed:
- The first step in the process is for both spouses to hire individual divorce lawyers. Their job is to represent their clients’ best interests while also acting as intermediaries to keep negotiations peaceful.
- The second step is for both spouses and both attorneys to sign a “no court” pledge stating that the divorce negotiations won’t require courtroom intervention. The collaborative divorce process fails if the divorce case goes before a judge.
- The third step is for both spouses to amicably collaborate and fully disclose any relevant information concerning property and assets.
- The fourth step is for both spouses to complete negotiations with the help of their lawyers and any necessary third parties.
The collaborative divorce process fails if the spouses can’t determine a settlement and the case goes to court. In this circumstance, both attorneys must withdraw as legal representatives because they signed the pledge.
Start the Collaborative Divorce Process Today
Contact DiPietro Law Group, PLLC if you’re planning to file for divorce and want to discuss your legal options. Our attorneys are thoroughly knowledgeable on various aspects of divorce law and can help you determine which options best suit your needs. If you’re interested in a collaborative divorce, we can successfully guide you through the entire process.
Call DiPietro Law Group, PLLC at (202) 902-9587 to schedule a consultation.