While some of DCOP’s attorneys also litigate, all our divorce attorneys are specifically trained in both Mediation and Collaborative Divorce interdisciplinary team protocols. Collaborative Divorce training teaches attorneys to avoid the adversarial and positional stances, language and approaches common in litigation training. As a result, Collaborative Online Divorce attorneys are more adept at furthering a kinder, more respectful approach to divorce.
Clients 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.
Regardless of the divorce process you choose, increased conflict, ineffective blame-laden communication and emotion dysregulation and reactivity by either clients or their professionals will increase your costs.
If a couple chooses to Mediate, the primary mediator is always one of our Family Law Attorneys. Because this mediator is also collaboratively trained, expect your Mediator to call in a Communication Coach or Financial Specialist at an additional cost, as needed, to ensure you get to the Mediated Divorce finish line, without going to court. For couples with children, all of DCOP’s Mental Health Professionals are trained to mediate a Parenting Plan (formerly referred to as “custody agreement”), which tends to educate parents as well as provide greater detail regarding the specific developmental needs and concerns of children and related options. This Parenting Plan is then formalized and incorporated by the Attorney Mediator in the final divorce agreement submitted to the Court.
DCOP’s Collaborative Divorce Attorneys value the areas of expertise needed beyond the legal realm. In a Collaborative Divorce they actively rely on your collaborative mental health and financial 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.
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 (and its variants) or Collaborative Divorce.
On the other hand, 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).
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