A divorce is one of the most confrontational and traumatic experiences most people ever go through. Our goal is to help you through the process relatively unscathed. To meet that goal, we provide our clients with the option of Collaborative Divorce.
If you and your spouse respect one another, can effectively communicate, want to avoid the emotional and financial costs of going to court, but still disagree on a number of issues related to the divorce, Collaborative Divorce may be a perfect fit for you. In contrast to traditional litigation, Collaborative Divorce focuses on reaching the best possible outcome for both parties through cooperative negotiation. The benefits of this process include more control of the outcome, less stress and anxiety, open exchange of information, and privacy. It is particularly attractive to divorcing couples who have young children together, as the process provides a foundation for communication and cooperation, which are both essential to effective co-parenting.
First, the spouses each choose an attorney who specializes in Collaborative Divorce. The spouses then sign a Participation Agreement. The Agreement includes a pledge not to go to court, to treat one another respectfully, and to openly exchange information. In addition to the attorneys, your Collaborative Divorce Team may include mental health professionals, financial planners, and child therapists, depending on you and your spouse’s individual needs. The Team works together to reach an agreement that is mutually acceptable to both parties, and, if you want to divorce, you can submit the agreement with the requisite divorce documents to Supreme Court for approval.
If you are unable to reach an agreement and wish to pursue a traditional divorce through the courts, both parties must retain new attorneys. Your Collaborative Divorce Team can only help you through the Collaborative Process.
Suzanne L. Latimer is a founding and current member of the Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District. We provide services in Supreme Courts in the following counties: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington. Contact the collaborative divorce and mediation attorneys today if you think Collaborative Divorce may be right for you and want to learn more about the process.