If you and your spouse are interested in a peaceful, out-of-court resolution to your divorce, you may wish to pursue a collaborative divorce. Also referred to as ‘peaceful divorce,’ ‘divorce with dignity,’ or ‘no-court divorce,’ collaborative divorce combines the security and guidance of attorney representation with the flexibility of a mediated solution.
Collaborative divorce occurs when parties agree to resolve their divorce without going to court and hire attorneys who are collaboratively trained. Collaborative divorce can be done with attorneys alone or as a team-based approach involving attorneys, mental health professional coaches and child specialists, and financial experts. The process is intended to result in the negotiation of creative solutions that allow for solid legal, financial, and emotional outcomes that both parties can live with. The collaborative process also supports cooperative co-parenting arrangements that many believe will reduce the impact of divorce on children and preserve relationships within the entire family.
In a collaborative divorce, the divorcing couple has control of the decisions and agreements that impact their divorce; while trained professionals offer guidance on legal, parenting, and financial questions and the decision-making process.
The process can often be less costly than a traditional divorce involving litigation in court.
The collaborative process typically involves the following sequence of events:
The contractual commitment that results from a successful collaborative divorce is characterized by the following:
Note that clients may also turn to a collaborative process for prenuptial agreements, separation, temporary agreements, post-divorce issues, changing spousal support, child custody, or child visitation, issues involving unmarried partners, inheritance/probate cases, and even business disagreements.
The collaborative divorce process in Virginia requires specially-trained attorneys and other professionals. At Curran Moher Weis, our knowledgeable collaborative divorce attorneys for that process are Grant Moher, Esq., managing partner, Steven Goldman, Esq., partner, Nicole Grejda, Esq., partner, and Jenna Hayba, Esq., associate, our experienced collaborative practitioners with the training, certifications, and experience needed to support a successful outcome. They are also active members of the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia (CPNV). We invite you to discuss your situation with them your case, contact us today at (571) 328-5020, or request a consultation if you are in Northern Virginia, or nearby.