Collaborative Divorce Attorney in Charlotte
Mediation for Amicable Divorce Proceedings
Collaborative Law Divorce is a new and unique approach to family law that seeks to eliminate the adversarial court process and commits to reaching a deeper and long-lasting resolution to the end of a marriage. Parties that commit to the Collaborative Law Divorce process agree to negotiate and work towards a comprehensive settlement of child custody, child support, equitable distribution, and alimony without litigation before the court. The core theme of Collaborative Law Divorce is that when parties stop being adversaries and instead focus on the long-term emotional, psychological, and financial health of both spouses and their children, everyone will achieve a much more satisfying outcome.
Miller Bowles Law partners Chris Miller and Kate B. Miller are both certified Collaborative Law Divorce attorneys in Charlotte, trained and experienced in this new and rapidly expanding area of law. Call (704) 810-1400 to schedule a consultation.
DIVORCE WITHOUT COURT
Because the collaborative process does not involve the court, parties are not bound by litigation deadlines or the pressure of mandatory hearings and trials. This allows parties to work at their own pace towards settlement and take additional time where needed. For example, if the parties feel a child is having difficulties adjusting to the separation, the collaborative process can adjust timelines and allow more time for the collaborative child therapist to work with the child before the parties are forced to make long-term decisions on a custody schedule. Alternatively, a court hearing date on child custody is set and moves forward regardless of whether the children or parents are emotionally ready to do so.
THE COLLABORATIVE CONTRACT
Collaborative Law Divorce is different than other types of mediation or negotiation because of the Collaborative Contract. At the beginning of the Collaborative Law Divorce process, both spouses and their divorce attorneys execute a written contract which requires good faith negotiation, an open and honest disclosure of issues and facts, and a voluntary exchange of financial and other pertinent information and documents. The Collaborative Contract also states that if one spouse wishes to end the collaborative process and pursue court action, the collaborative divorce attorneys for both parties must end the representation and terminate their relationship with the spouse. As a result, spouses are incentivized to continue to work towards settlement rather than pursuing court action as an emotional reaction.
If you would like to learn more about the Collaborative Law Divorce process, please contact Miller Bowles Law today. Call us at (704) 810-1400 to schedule a consultation with a certified Charlotte collaborative divorce attorney.