A traditional divorce is often adversarial, overwhelming, intimidating and confusing. It can also be very expensive with two litigation attorneys.

A collaborative divorce is completely different from a traditional divorce. In a collaborative divorce, the parties, with the support of two collaborative attorneys, a divorce coach and a financial neutral, take the time necessary to address the issues unique to their case and create a lasting divorce settlement without court intervention.

During the collaborative law process, each spouse is represented by a collaborative divorce attorney. At the outset of the process, each spouse signs a participation agreement and agrees to openly and honestly share all relevant information necessary to address the financial and legal issues of their case. All negotiations are conducted in six-way meetings with both spouses and their respective collaborative divorce attorney, the divorce coach and the financial neutral.

The goal of each six-way meeting is to create acceptable solutions and resolution to various aspects of the divorce to include division of assets/debts, parenting plan for children and future financial arrangements. The setting is safe and structured. Transparency and integrity are key components to the process. Professionalism by all team members is paramount.

If a business valuation is necessary, real estate values are uncertain or other personal property needs to be valued, the expert needed to provide this information, such an appraiser, an accountant, or a business valuation expert, is selected and engaged together by you and your spouse with the guidance of your collaborative divorce attorney. Parties in a collaborative divorce avoid battling experts and duplicate costs by working together to obtain information needed to make informed decisions.

For nearly 30 years my practice in Overland Park, Kansas and the northland in Kansas City, Missouri has focused exclusively on family law. I am proud to be a collaborative divorce attorney helping parties become empowered decision-makers. To learn more about the benefits of collaborative divorce contact me to schedule a consultation.