Collaborative divorce is designed to provide maximum support and resources for you and your family in reaching a mutually acceptable resolution of all the issues associated with a divorce and the resulting life changes. Built upon respect and open discussion, the collaborative process is designed to make sure the needs of both spouses, and your children, are heard, considered, and understood.
Collaborative Practice professionals, serving the Kansas City area, are specially trained to work with you throughout the collaborative process. The collaborative process represents an approach to divorce for couples looking to end their marriage by negotiating a mutually acceptable settlement without having courts decide the outcome.
The collaborative process is the means through which Collaborative Practice provides couples with a holistic approach to managing divorce. Throughout the collaborative process, each spouse receives individual legal guidance and advice from their legal counsel and neutral professionals who support the team effort in developing creative solutions. Together, the Collaborative Practice professionals leverage the collaborative process to work with you and reach a settlement agreement that works for both parties.
The collaborative divorce dispute-resolution process is based on a pledge in which you, your spouse, and your attorneys contractually agree that the attorneys will not go to court, except to finalize the divorce. You and your spouse are always directly involved in the process and retain control over your own outcomes. The collaborative process provides a forum for open communication, planning, settling disputes through problem-solving, and working with a team to develop creative solutions. Collaborative Practice enables participants to have control of decision-making within the divorce with the support of a professional team.
It is important to recognize that the use of the collaborative process is not suitable for every divorce case. Both parties must be willing to negotiate and work together to achieve a mutually agreeable arrangement for the process to be effective, so it is not ideal when there is extreme animosity between divorcing partners and one or both are unwilling to work towards a resolution. If both parties are committed to generating an equitable agreement, however, a collaborative divorce is a cost-effective, lower-stress alternative to traditional litigation.
The collaborative process is especially helpful for separated parents to learn to work together in the best interest of their children. This process encourages creative problem solving, win-win negotiations, and resolutions that meet the needs of all members of your family. Collaborative Practice provides more satisfaction for divorcing couples and better results for children so you are less likely to go to court in the future.
Collaborative Practice Kansas City, LLC is a Kansas City area community of independent legal, mental health, and financial professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving divorce conflicts.
For more information about collaborative divorce and to learn if it’s right for you and your family, contact a Collaborative Practice team member at 913-380-2560 or click here.