Collaborative Professionals of the Shenandoah Valley

Collaborative Process in Divorce

It is a fact of life that about 50% of marriages end in divorce. Although divorce is common it doesn't mean it has to devastate everyone involved. Many people have been searching for a better way to protect themselves and their children from the negative impact of divorce. Many have found that Collaborative Practice is the answer.

The Collaborative Process

Collaborative Practice is a process where husband, wife, both their attorneys and other specially-trained professionals agree to resolve all issues in their case without involving a court. They work together, in private, to find a way to meet each individual's needs as well as those of their children so that the family may make a smoother transition from one household to two.

The heart of Collaborative Practice is to offer you and your spouse or partner the support, protection, and guidance of your own lawyers without going to court. Additionally, Collaborative Practice allows you the benefit of a communication specialist, a financial specialist, and/or a child specialist as needed.

Will Collaborative Practice Work for My Divorce?

Divorce is a sensitive, personal matter. No single approach is right for everyone. Many couples do find Collaborative Practice (Collaborative Law/Collaborative Divorce) a welcome alternative to the often destructive, uncomfortable aspects of conventional divorce.

If the following values are important to you, Collaborative Practice is likely to be a workable option:

Does this path sound and feel comfortable for you? We invite you to learn about Collaborative Practice - an innovative and less adversarial approach to divorce. Please view a list of Collaborative Professionals in this area.

The Collaborative Professionals of the Shenandoah Valley are committed to a client-centered process that allows couples to negotiate in an environment free from the threat of litigation and in a responsible manner. Collaborative Practice is for divorcing couples but is also appropriate for many other legal/civil disputes where the parties want to negotiate through private meetings where their interests are of utmost consideration.

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