Many people who are familiar with traditional divorce may not understand when you say you are considering a collaborative divorce. One aspect of the process that sets it apart from others is the fact that it enlists a team of specialized professionals who can help you navigate the many decisions that need to be made as you end your marriage.
A collaborative divorce team of professionals may include:
- Collaborative Divorce Lawyers:
Collaborative attorneys are required to have practiced in family and divorce law and be trained in mediation and the collaborative process as well. Each of the parties retains their own independent collaborative attorney who will gather information, provide the client with information about their rights, responsibilities and options, and help them negotiate on their behalf.
- Family Specialists:
I always recommend a divorce coach to help my clients manage difficult communications, emotional decision making and explore options and alternatives. Child specialists give a “voice’ to your children and focus on the needs and best interests of the children to develop a parenting plan that meets the family’s goals and needs.
- Financial Specialists:
These professionals help my clients determine their cash flow needs, arrive at child support and spousal support figures and equitably divide the marital assets.
- Business Appraiser:
If the marital assets include a family-owned business or a partnership interest in a professional practice, a business appraiser will help determine the value.
At Vacca Law & Mediation, we have trusted professionals with whom we have worked before and can recommend being a part of your collaborative divorce team. Or, you may have someone specific you’d like to add to the team to help guide you through your divorce. Our goal is to help you and your spouse work together and arrive at an agreement that meets your immediate as well as long-term needs. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about the team that would work best for you.