Choosing to get a divorce is without a doubt one of the hardest, life-altering decisions you will ever make in your life. A divorce, however, does not necessarily have to be preceded by a bitter, lengthy legal battle. If you and your spouse wish to end your marriage on an amicable note, a collaborative divorce might be the best option for you.
Davis Law Group, led by top-rated Massachusetts family law attorney Jay Davis, specializes in collaborative divorce. Jay can help you achieve a positive outcome in your divorce case without taking adversarial legal action. Call us at 617-221-3548 to schedule a free consultation.
What is Collaborative Divorce and How Does It Differ from Conventional Divorce?
Collaborative divorce is a process wherein you and your spouse can work together as a team and end your marriage on your own terms — without resorting to litigation.
In a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse can each hire an attorney — just like you would in a conventional divorce. The difference, however, is that you and your spouse need to sign an agreement, which explicitly prohibits you from taking any kind of legal action against each other.
With the threat of legal action out of the picture, you and your spouse can discuss all the key issues related to your divorce — division of assets, alimony, child custody, and child support — in a calm and composed manner and find mutually-beneficial solutions to all your problems under the guidance of your respective attorneys. If needed, you and your spouse can bring in professionals (accountants, appraisers, psychologists, child custody specialists, and so on) who can offer their expert advice from a neutral point of view.
Once the negotiation process is over, your attorneys will prepare a settlement agreement, which you and your spouse have to sign. Once you do, your attorneys will submit the agreement to the court for approval. The outcome of a collaborative divorce case depends to a large extent on the attorney you hire. They should be skilled and assertive enough to negotiate with your spouse’s attorney and achieve the desired outcome.
Divorce attorney Jay Davis has several years of experience in handling contested, uncontested, and collaborative divorce cases in Massachusetts. He can expertly guide you through the collaborative divorce process, negotiate hard with your spouse’s attorney without being confrontational, and achieve the desired outcome in your case. Talk to us at 617-221-3548 to learn how we can help you.
What Are the Benefits of Collaborative Divorce?
Adversarial Approach vs Collaborative Approach
In a conventional divorce, the spouses are pitted against each other and forced to fight for what they want. Such a process is inherently adversarial in nature and causes the spouses to blame each other for the divorce, among other things.
In a collaborative divorce, on the other hand, you can choose to work with your spouse, resolve your disputes without blaming each other, and find common ground on issues that matter. It allows both of you to get more of what you want and achieve an equitable result.
In a collaborative divorce, the negotiations between you and your spouse are entirely confidential. So, you can discuss even the most sensitive of issues without any inhibition and reach an agreement.
You Have Control Over the Process
One of the biggest advantages of a collaborative divorce is that you and your spouse have control over the entire process. You and your spouse get to decide what to discuss, when, and where to discuss it, and what needs to be achieved — instead of leaving everything to a judge.
More Room for Creative Solutions
In a collaborative divorce, you are not bound by frigid rules and legal requirements. It allows you to come up with creative, out-of-the-box solutions for your divorce-related issues, which is something you might not be able to do in a conventional divorce.
In a collaborative divorce, all the discussions are future-focused. Instead of butting heads over who did what in the past, you and your spouse can focus on what is good for you and your children in the long-term and look for solutions that you can all benefit from.
Costs Less Than Conventional Divorce
The possibility of multiple hearings and a lengthy trial makes conventional divorce an expensive affair. Collaborative divorce, on the contrary, does not require any judicial intervention, which can save you a lot of time and money.
Collaborative Divorce Attorneys in Massachusetts
If you are thinking of getting a divorce, but want to avoid the stress and pain of litigation, the collaborative divorce attorneys at Davis Law Group can help you.
Led by Jay Davis, the family law attorneys at Davis Law Group have over 80 years of collective experience in dealing with divorce cases and other aspects of family law. We can work with your spouse’s attorney, offer you the guidance you need during the negotiation process, and achieve an outcome that can be beneficial for you in the long-term.
To find out how Massachusetts collaborative divorce attorney Jay Davis can help you, call us today at 617-221-3548.