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Collaborative divorce is a process in which couples seek to resolve their disputes without going through a court trial, often with the help of a collaborative divorce lawyer. In Colorado, collaborative divorce is becoming increasingly popular due to its many benefits, such as reduced conflict, increased privacy, and lower costs. Collaborative divorce lawyers in Colorado are specially trained professionals who help couples navigate this process and reach mutually agreeable solutions.
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WHAT IS COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE
Collaborative divorce in Colorado is a process where both spouses work together, along with their respective attorneys, to reach a mutually acceptable divorce agreement without going to court. The collaborative divorce process is designed to be a more peaceful and cooperative way to end a marriage than a traditional litigated divorce. It typically involves a series of meetings where the parties and their attorneys work to identify and address the issues that need to be resolved, such as property division, child custody, and spousal support.
In a collaborative divorce, the parties sign a participation agreement, which outlines the terms of the process and the commitments each party must make to work collaboratively toward a resolution. If either party decides to pursue litigation, both attorneys must withdraw from the case and the parties must hire new attorneys. The goal of collaborative divorce is to provide a more amicable and respectful way to dissolve a marriage and create a settlement that works for both parties, rather than engaging in a contentious court battle.
WHAT IS THE
COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE PROCESS?
Collaborative divorce is a process in which a divorcing couple works together with a team of professionals to resolve their disputes and reach an agreement that works for both parties. In Colorado, the collaborative divorce process begins with both parties signing a participation agreement, which outlines the terms of the collaborative process. This agreement states that the couple will work together to reach a settlement agreement without going to court.
The collaborative team includes attorneys, child specialists, and financial experts, who work together to help the couple resolve their disputes. The attorneys are specially trained in collaborative law and are committed to helping the couple reach a resolution that is fair and equitable.
At the beginning of the collaborative case, a case plan is developed, and all team members agree on it. The parties determine the agenda and duration for each meeting. Typically, there are at least five meetings, lasting between two to three hours, with an agreed agenda that is circulated prior to each session. Following each meeting, notes are circulated to reflect interim commitments and schedule the next meeting.
In Colorado, collaborative divorces have a high success rate. However, if the collaborative sessions fail to result in a settlement and the case goes to trial, both parties will need to hire new counsel who were not part of the collaborative process.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF
A COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE?
Collaborative divorce involves both parties working together with their respective lawyers to reach an agreement that works for everyone. This approach can have many benefits, including a quicker resolution, lower costs, and a more amicable relationship between ex-partners. In this type of divorce, the focus is on finding a solution that is fair to both parties and meets the needs of everyone involved, including any children. Collaborative divorce offers several benefits over a traditional litigated divorce, including:
1. Control: Collaborative divorce allows the couple to maintain control over the outcome of their divorce. They work together to reach a settlement that works for both parties, rather than having a judge make decisions for them.
2. Privacy: The collaborative divorce process is private and confidential, which means that the couple’s personal information and disputes are not made public in a court proceeding.
3. Cost: Collaborative divorce can be less expensive than a traditional litigated divorce. The couple works together with a team of professionals to resolve their disputes, which can be faster and less adversarial.
4. Less Stressful: Collaborative divorce can be less emotionally stressful than a litigated divorce, as the couple works together to reach a resolution rather than fighting in court. This can be especially important when children are involved, as it can reduce the amount of conflict and stress they experience.
5. Customization: The collaborative process allows for a customized settlement that meets the unique needs and interests of both parties, rather than a one-size-fits-all court order.
Overall, collaborative divorce can be a more peaceful and cooperative way to end a marriage, with benefits for the couple, their children, and their wallets.
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What Is The Difference Between Collaborative Divorce & Mediation?
Collaborative divorce and mediation are alternative dispute resolution methods used to resolve divorce outside of a courtroom in Colorado. Collaborative divorce involves both parties and their respective lawyers working together to negotiate a settlement agreement, while mediation involves a neutral third party working with both parties to help them reach an agreement. Unlike collaborative divorce, the mediator does not represent either party and does not provide legal advice. Instead, the mediator facilitates the negotiation process and helps the parties find common ground.
The main differences between the two processes are that collaborative divorce involves lawyers trained in collaborative negotiation and face-to-face meetings, while mediation may or may not involve lawyers and can take place in one meeting.
What Happens If Collaborative Divorce Doesn't Work In Colorado?
In Colorado, if a collaborative divorce does not result in a settlement agreement, the collaborative process is terminated and both parties must hire new attorneys if they decide to pursue a traditional divorce. The collaborative lawyers are disqualified from representing the parties in any subsequent court proceedings. This is because the collaborative process requires a commitment to resolving the divorce outside of court, and if that commitment is broken, the trust necessary for collaboration is lost.
In this case, the parties will need to prepare for traditional divorce proceedings, which can be more adversarial, expensive, and time-consuming. However, it’s worth noting that the vast majority of collaborative divorces in Colorado are successful in reaching a settlement agreement and avoiding the need for traditional court proceedings.
How Long Does A Collaborative Divorce Take?
The speed at which a collaborative divorce case is resolved largely depends on the willingness of the spouses to work together to gather factual information, meet with the financial neutral, and attend team meetings to negotiate agreements. The complexity of the issues in dispute can also affect the duration of the process.
While a collaborative divorce can be much faster than a traditional litigated divorce, the timeline can vary depending on the situation. For example, if there are complex valuation issues or strong disagreements about child custody, the process may take longer, just as it would in a litigated divorce. Additionally, parents may want to test out a particular parenting schedule before agreeing to it permanently, which can also extend the timeline.
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