Collaborative divorce: step by step

Divorce is often characterized as one of the most difficult things that people face in their lives. It’s not surprising, then, that divorce is generally understood to be a rather long and contentious process. Fortunately, you and other Utah residents have the option of engaging in collaborative law processes. We here at Just Law, P.L.L.C., encourage our clients to learn more about the practical side of the collaborative approach to divorce.

The Utah State Bar website discusses collaborative law in detail, and provides a brief explanation of its history and steps involved. If you are considering collaborative divorce, it may be helpful to consider some of the steps that you may encounter along the way. Before you ever begin negotiating the terms of your divorce settlement with your soon-to-be ex-husband or wife, you can expect that your attorney will discuss collaborative law and other divorce options with you. Ultimately, the decision to move forward with collaborative negotiations will depend largely on you and your spouse’s unique concerns, interests and priorities.

If and when you and your attorney agree that the collaborative process is the appropriate course of action in your case, you will begin discussing any questions and/or concerns that you have. Your attorney may then consult with your spouse’s lawyer and begin developing a plan for resolving conflicts, as well as determining where compromises can be made. Once you and your attorney begin negotiations with your spouse and his or her lawyer, the groundwork will be set for constructive discussion and negotiation. You may also work with other experts, such as family counselors and financial consultants, to develop a settlement agreement that reflects the unique factors of your case.

While the collaborative process is typically straightforward and helpful in many cases, it is not always the most appropriate choice for some families. Learn more about the many advantages of collaborative divorce by visiting our web page today.

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