When you want to focus on negotiating with the goal of preserving a co-parenting relationship.

Collaborative divorce holds great promise for those who wish to divorce in a more constructive manner. It was designed to promote greater respect between the parties and, when children are involved, it elevates their needs, making their present and future well-being a key priority throughout the entire divorce process.

Julie Mack & Associates is a California family law firm that is committed to always keeping your best interests in mind. Using the collaborative method, our San Diego collaborative divorce attorneys can help you achieve conflict resolution and reach a settlement with your dignity and the emotional well-being of your children intact.

How Collaborative Divorce Works

In a collaborative divorce, both parties retain specially trained attorneys. Other professionals, including coaches, financial specialists, therapists and child specialists, are called upon to join the team and offer their unique expertise. The experts also agree to adhere to the collaborative process.

An important distinction of collaborative divorce is the agreement that the attorneys and other experts make a point to resign from the case if it veers toward litigation. This ensures that all who are involved are committed to the non-adversarial resolution of your divorce case.

We will meet with you to discuss your options and help you decide if you are a good candidate for collaborative divorce. Then, you and your spouse will select your team members. A collaborative team is ideally composed of a divorcing couple, two collaborative lawyers (one for each partner), two divorce coaches (one for each partner), a neutral child specialist and one neutral financial specialist.

Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

  • Control: Clients “own” their agreement and are therefore much more likely to follow it. They feel empowered and in control of the process, as opposed to having a judge decide the outcome for them.
  • Solution-based: The collaborative team is focused on solutions rather than creating a winner or a loser.
  • Safe: No decisions are made without an attorney present, and each party is represented by his or her own attorney.
  • Children are protected: The children are kept out of the middle of the divorce process, and the parties are given every opportunity to develop a positive parenting plan.
  • Economies of scale: Both parties share the cost and expertise of the experts they choose to retain.
  • Cost effective: Collaborative family law is often much more cost-effective than litigation.

Helpful Collaborative Divorce Resources

Collaboration Not For You?

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