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Collaborative divorce is exactly as the name describes: it is a divorce where the parties make a fair and honest team effort, including the parties, attorneys and occasionally other necessary professions, to resolve all of the financial and parental (if applicable) issues without relying or turning to the Court.
By taking the collaborative approach, the divorcing parties can often save themselves not only extensive costs associated with preparing for trial but also the substantial stress that can accompany trial.
The primary difference in hiring a collaborative attorney and taking a collaborative approach is that the attorneys and experts sole focus is settling the case. Our office, while looking out for your best interest, will prepare the case from solely a settlement perspective and the experts are hired not to advocate for one party, but hired instead to find a middle ground.
Another key difference in a collaborative approach versus a litigation approach is the attorneys and experts all agree from the onset that the attorneys will not continue representation if the case is not settled and the experts will not testify in any Court hearing. Further, recommendations and offers during a collaborative case are all confidential and cannot be used in any subsequent litigation. This is all designed so both parties, the attorneys, and the experts' sole focus is resolving the case.
Attorney W. Matthew Kowtko, Esq. is well versed in collaborative approaches and methods to help resolve your case without risking your financial or parental rights by going to Court. Contact our office for a free, no obligation consultation and read more about each issue at the below links.
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Common points of contention in a divorce may include, but are not limited to: Real estate, child custody issues, child support, alimony or spousal support, division of assets, division of debt, retirement accounts...
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