While some of DCOP’s attorneys also litigate, all our divorce attorneys are trained in both Mediation and Collaborative Divorce interdisciplinary team protocols. We each offer a number of services, including:
OUR FAMILY LAW ATTORNEYS
Kevin Chroman, Esq.
Jami Fosgate, Esq.
James Hallett, Esq.
Jeff Jacobson, Esq.
Christine Kerian, Esq.
Delilah Knox-Rios, Esq.
Matthew Long, Esq.
Patricia Van Haren, Esq.
Collaborative Divorce Family Law Attorneys
Collaborative Divorce Training teaches attorneys to avoid the adversarial and positional stances, language and approaches required in litigation. As a result, Collaborative Online Divorce attorneys are more adept at furthering a kinder, more respectful approach to divorce.
Clients in a Collaborative Divorce rely on their attorneys to represent them, to offer options, and explain the legal consequences of possible decisions, throughout your Collaborative Divorce. While your collaborative attorney keeps an eye on your primary concerns and what’s best for you, both attorneys also consider how to create the best possible results to secure the wellbeing of all family members going forward.
Your Collaborative Divorce Attorneys work hand-in-hand with your Financial Specialist, two Communication Coaches, and your Child/Adult Child Specialist [link to that same page] (if you have children). These professionals work together to streamline their coordinated efforts for efficiency, mindful of your budget.
Regardless of the divorce process you choose, increased conflict, ineffective blame-laden communication, emotional reactivity by either clients or their professionals will increase your costs.
Even if you’re already in a court-litigated divorce, you can both always decide together to instead choose a process that preserves dignity and respect like Mediation [link to that page](and its variants) or Collaborative Divorce.
DCOP’s Collaborative Divorce Attorneys value the areas of expertise needed beyond the legal realm. In a Collaborative Divorce they actively rely on your other team professionals to support and guide you in non-legal arenas. If you have children, for example, your Communication Coaches model and train you and your partner to build the skills needed to function effectively as co-parents going forward.
If you choose a Collaborative Divorce, you both agree at the beginning to give up your entire professional team if either of you opts to pursue litigation. The inherently adversarial, win-lose litigation model typically significantly increases your costs both emotionally and financially (e.g. expensive court battles, hearings, subpoenas, depositions and trial preparations).