Santa Barbara County Family Law Lawyer Serving Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Goleta, and Carpinteria areas
Collaborative law is an increasingly popular type of dispute resolution used in divorce, and it is an important aspect of Santa Barbara family law lawyer Glenn L. Robertson's practice. Unlike traditional litigation, parties using collaborative divorce can dissolve their marriage peacefully and amicably. With collaborative law, each party signs a contract in which they agree to openly communicate with each other and share information to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement, while avoiding a court proceeding. Attorneys, usually family law attorneys, are present to lead the process, facilitate negotiations, advise you of your rights and duties, and ensure that both you and your spouse meet the legal requirements of the process. Another important element of collaborative divorce is the use of a team of experts, including child experts, financial specialists, and divorce coaches, all of whom share the goal of reaching a peaceful resolution.
If you choose to resolve your divorce using collaborative law, both you and your spouse are bound by the agreement you sign; in fact, if either of you goes to court, the collaborative lawyers and experts are disqualified from the proceedings.
Advantages of Collaborative Divorce
Collaborative divorce has many advantages over traditional divorce litigation. Some of these advantages include:
- Because there is no need to go through a long and costly court battle, collaborative divorces typically proceed much more quickly and less expensively than divorces involving litigation
- Collaborative divorces are less likely to give rise to post-divorce disputes regarding custody and spousal or child support
- Because it was reached in a peaceful and cooperative manner, both parties are more likely to comply with the terms of the divorce agreement
- Instead of fueling an adversarial process, collaborative family law lawyers work together to help their clients resolve the divorce constructively
Seek Experienced Legal Representation
If you and your spouse would like to pursue a collaborative divorce, it is important to consult a family attorney who understands and has extensive experience representing clients in this distinctive approach to dispute resolution. Mr. Robertson is a member of several collaborative practice organizations, including the Santa Barbara Collaborative Law Group and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and has helped many clients resolve their divorces amicably and collaboratively. To schedule a consultation to discuss whether collaborative law is a viable option for you, contact family law lawyer Glenn L. Robertson today.