Collaborative divorce allows clients the option to settle their divorce in a dignified way that may significantly reduce the pain and suffering for both clients and children.
Unlike traditional divorce proceedings, Collaborative Divorce is a team-based approach wherein the divorcing couple is part of a professional team including their attorneys, divorce coaches, and a financial expert. When children are involved, the team also includes a child specialist. Each professional member of the collaborative team has been trained specifically in the area of Collaborative Divorce. The ultimate goal for the entire team – including the divorcing couple – is to work toward settlement of all issues, keeping the goals as defined by the divorcing couple and the needs of each family member at the forefront of the process.
The collaborative process takes place outside of the courtroom. While the necessary court pleadings are filed in order to protect the legal interests of each party, as long as the divorcing couple remains committed to the collaborative process, there is generally no need to appear in court.
- Maintain your privacy by being able to minimize the amount of personal information required to be entered into the public record.
- Preserve your dignity by reaching resolutions through a respectful process designed to seek a “win-win” as opposed to traditional litigation where one party wins and the other loses.
- Maintain control of the timing of the process in keeping with the emotional needs of your family as opposed to being at the mercy of the court’s.
- Maintain control of the financial costs of divorce as low-conflict resolutions typically result in lower legal fees.
“Although divorce is never easy, it does not have to be a war.”
Marie Rudd of Rudd Law firm in Mandeville, LA is experienced in collaborative divorce proceedings and is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Collaborative Divorce Alliance of Greater New Orleans.
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