Attorney Explains the Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

Applying the collaborative law process to New York divorces

Collaborative law offers an alternative to the bitterness that courtroom battles can engender. In a collaborative divorce — also known as a “no-court divorce” or “peaceful divorce” — the attorneys for both parties sign an agreement that their representation will end if the case goes to court. This allows the parties to rest assured that no one has an incentive to resort to traditional litigation. Lauren B. Abramson, Esq. is trained in collaborative law and believes parties can reach mutually beneficial agreements when given the right tools.

What are the advantages of a collaborative divorce?

Not only does collaborative divorce reduce the conflict surrounding divorce, but it also tends to reduce the cost and duration. Other benefits of collaborative law include:

  • Teamwork: In addition to the attorneys, collaborative divorce involves child and financial specialists and other professionals who work together as your team.
  • Client control: The participants control the outcome of their collaborative negotiations, rather than leaving it up to a court to decide.
  • Client satisfaction: A high percentage of collaborative law participants report satisfaction with the process as well as the results, compared with clients who litigate their cases in court.
  • Maintaining privacy: Unlike litigation, which plays out in a public courtroom, collaborative law is a private, confidential process.
  • Setting your timeline: Litigated cases take months or years to resolve, in large part because our courts are overburdened. In contrast, the parties in a collaborative divorce set their own timetable.
  • Preserving relationships: In cases involving children, preserving communication and cooperation between the parents is an important benefit of collaborative law. Collaborative law fosters communication and cooperation.

What are the ground rules of a collaborative divorce?

According to the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the parties in a collaborative divorce must commit to three principles:

  • To negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement without having a court decide the issues
  • To maintain open communication and information sharing
  • To create shared solutions that acknowledge the parties’ highest priorities

At the law offices of Lauren B. Abramson, we are experienced in collaborative law and are ready to guide you through this alternative method of resolving family law problems.

Make an appointment with our collaborative law attorney today

Lauren B. Abramson, Esq. walks you through the dispute resolution process step-by-step. Our office hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call us at 914-908-6829 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation. Weekend and evening appointments are available as needed. We serve individuals and families throughout Westchester and Putnam counties.