Collaborative Divorce Attorney
At Miller Bowles Law, we have collaborative divorce attorneys with the experience, skill, and dedication to help navigate your Collaborative Law Divorce.
Miller Bowles Law partners Chris Miller and Kate B. Miller are both certified Collaborative Law Divorce attorneys, trained and experienced in this new and rapidly expanding area of law.
Collaborative Family Law
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.
Developed in Northern California over the past twenty-five years, Collaborative Law Divorce is a team approach to reaching a resolution of all marital issues that often involves mutually agreed-upon child therapists, individual therapists for each spouse, or a financial expert. Using the team-oriented approach with mutually-agreed upon members of the collaborative team, parties avoid the “battle of the experts”, reduce legal costs, and are able to focus on reaching a resolution.
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.
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 collaborative 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.
Contact Us Today
If you would like to learn more about the Collaborative Law Divorce process, please contact Miller Bowles Law today to schedule your confidential consultation. Call us at (980) 321-5590 or contact us us to schedule a consultation with a collaborative divorce attorney.