There are many people who are moving away from antagonistic, acrimonious divorces into a calmer, more agreeable end to their marriages. Earlier this year, Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines with her separation and divorce from Chris Martin. She referred to it as a "conscious uncoupling."
For those in Pennsylvania who want to try to avoid conflict while ending their marriages, collaborative divorce may be the answer that's needed. This is done by you and your attorney meeting with your soon-to-be ex-spouse and his or her attorney in an attempt to negotiate a divorce settlement. There may only be a few areas where there is a disagreement on terms or it might be almost every area, including child support, child custody, property division and alimony.
There is no mediator involved -- only the spouses and their attorneys. However, if it is determined that the divorce needs the court to rule on one or more area of dispute, the attorneys representing the spouses must be replaced with new attorneys.
Divorce does not always have mean long, drawn-out court battles. If children are involved, collaborative law could be easier on the kids. However, it's also usually much easier on the adults as well.
At the Family Legal Center LLC, we are ready to handle your collaborative law case. One of our lawyers is certified in collaborative law. She is also a mediator. If you are thinking about divorce or just starting the process, we would like to put our experience to work for you. Simply visit our webpage on collaborative law to learn more.