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What is the Process of Using Collaborative Family Law for Divorce?

Two spouses work with an attorney together to separate their assets in a collaborative family law process.When a relationship comes to an end, there are many things to consider. It can be difficult to decide how to proceed with legally ending your marriage. If you are on speaking terms with your spouse, you may have another option to separate more easily. Keep reading to learn more about how a Michigan divorce lawyer can help you with a collaborative law divorce.

What is Collaborative Law Divorce?

In response to the high number of couples seeking a divorce, there are many different approaches to divorce. For spouses who remain civil and are ready to mutually work toward an amicable divorce, a collaborative law divorce may be best. If you and your spouse can work together well even at this point, you can hash everything out without seeing the inside of a courtroom. Attorneys typically lead a conversation to ensure nothing gets missed. 

Learn more about Collaborative Family Law Divorce here.

The Collaborative Law Divorce Process

As with all areas of law, there will be differences in individual cases. However, we can go through the general process so you will know what to expect. Use the outline below to get a better sense of what it will be like when you go through your divorce proceedings. 

  1. Both sides will hire an attorney to protect their interests. Make sure you partner with a quality attorney who understands the amicable negotiation process, like those at Aldrich Legal Services.
  2. Before a general meeting, have a 1-on-1 with your lawyer to set up your goals. Remember that you will probably need to be flexible in some areas. Since compromise is bound to happen, make sure to establish your limits. A capable attorney will help you consider all the important areas before the general meeting so you won’t get blindsided.
  3. Next, the four of you will meet - you, your spouse, and your respective attorneys. Expect this type of meeting to happen a few times. These meetings may also include other neutral professionals, such as accountants. These professionals need to remain unbiased to avoid the courtroom. 
  4. (Optional) If you hit any hiccups in the process, there is hope. You can bring in a licensed mediator. Taking the step to bring in a mediator brings a neutral party who is knowledgeable about divorce law and can strategically close the proceedings. 
  5. Get in touch with a court to file your collective divorce papers. This step will be painless as the filing will be uncontested. 

Start Your Proceedings with a Quality Michigan Divorce Lawyer

There are many legal complications during a divorce. If you and your spouse are on good terms, a collaborative family law divorce can take out some of the costs and many of the headaches from the process. It is still important to work with an experienced attorney to protect your interests. The lawyers at Aldrich Legal Services have been helping people end their marriages for over 21 years.  

Give a call to Aldrich Legal Services today at (734) 404-3000 to talk through your options. 

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