Siegel & Kaufman, P.C., offers collaborative divorce representation, allowing you to keep legal fees low and avoid the courtroom. With more than 90 combined years of experience, our attorneys believe collaborative law is one of the best ways to resolve divorce with the least amount of discomfort and public exposure.
What Is Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative divorce is an approach that relies on negotiation and settlement. The parties and their attorneys agree that they will not resort to litigation practices such as filing motions throughout the case. The four individuals will commit to working toward a fair and reasonable settlement around a conference table. The leverage is that if one party acts in bad faith and the other party must resort to litigation tactics, then both attorneys must resign from the case and the parties must start over for all practical purposes. In this way, properly motivated parties will work out their issues in the most economical fashion with counsel participating. All negotiations happen in private and out of court, and can begin before any papers are even filed. Once it is approved by the court, your settlement agreement becomes the divorce decree.
Why Might Collaborative Divorce Be The Best Option For Me?
Collaborative divorce offers many benefits to clients, which include:
- Lower costs — Because you stay out of court, your legal fees are greatly reduced.
- Swifter results — The collaborative law process moves much more quickly than a litigated divorce because you are not waiting for court dates. The case can be resolved as soon as you can reach an agreement.
- Privacy — Negotiation takes place with you and your attorney, and your spouse and his or her attorney. No judges, clerks, staff or courtroom personnel need to know the details of your life or the pain involved in ending your marriage.
- Control — Instead of a judge who does not know you or your family, you create a divorce settlement that fits your unique situation with as much detail as you need.
Our lawyers have resolved many cases using collaborative divorce and know that it can provide you with the solution you are looking for in any case, from the most simple asset and liability structure to the most complex high net worth divorce.
How Long Does Collaborative Divorce Take?
Litigated divorces can drag out in courtrooms for a year or more. With collaborative divorce, you can resolve your divorce as quickly as you are able to work through the issues with your attorney and your spouse. Most cases are resolved within a few months. A resolution can be achieved as quickly as meetings can be scheduled, unlike in a courtroom where you must wait months for an appearance before the judge. Siegel & Kaufman, P.C., offers accomplished attorneys with highly developed negotiation skills ready to reach a settlement.
Make An Appointment With Collaborative Divorce Attorneys
Siegel & Kaufman, P.C., is uniquely positioned to provide assistance in your collaborative divorce. Call our office at 203-326-5145 or use our online contact form to make an appointment. We are selective in the types of cases we handle, and a thorough discussion is required to be sure the parties will be committed to the collaborative approach.