Let's allow the SPIRIT of the law to shine through
By working collaboratively during your divorce, you can dissolve your marriage and renegotiate your relationship in order to co-parent effectively. You can deal with financial, emotional, and parenting issues in a cost-effective way by jointly hiring other professional team members. If children are not involved, you can detach emotionally and financially in order to move freely into your new lives, unencumbered by bitterness, hostility, and regret.
In the five steps of the collaborative process, participants:
1) determine goals, interests, and concerns;
2) gather relevant information;
3) develop options;
4) evaluate options; and
5) negotiate a settlement (or agreement).
If your values are represented by the following statements, collaborative divorce is likely to be a workable option for you:
The first step is to talk with a collaborative divorce attorney. Visit About Ginger Boyle to see my video explaining Collaborative Divorce.
1) The voluntary, free, and open exchange of information.
2) The professionals’ commitment to use our best skills to assist you in reaching agreement without having to resort to judicial decision-making.
3) A balanced commitment to respect both parties' goals, both shared and individual.
4) The pledge not to litigate (go to court for decision-making) and the pre-agreed withdrawal of both attorneys and other team professionals if either party litigates.
As a parent, you have the responsibility to make decisions and perform other parental functions necessary for the care and growth of your minor children. The best interests of your children is the legal standard by which your parental responsibilities are determined and allocated. The best interests of your children are served by an established parenting plan that develops your children’s emotional growth, health and stability, and physical care.
Further, the best interests of your children are ordinarily served when the pattern of interaction between parents and children is consistent and well thought out. Of course, the bottom line is always to protect your children from physical, mental, or emotional harm.
You can save not only time and money, but also heartache, by getting support for a respectful, healing divorce. Through the collaborative process, lawyers, divorce coaches, and financial specialists will work together to help your family deal with issues common to other separating families. With emotional support and a practical review of creative options, you can make better financial decisions. Better financial decisions make for a smoother legal process. A smoother legal process will lead to a happier and healthier post-divorce life for you and your family.
Collaborative professionals will help your children by helping you and your spouse end your marriage and begin your co-parenting relationship. We will help you declare peace in your process of creating two households out of one. We will focus on the emotional, physical, and financial well being of all members of your family. We will support you in responding with respect to stressful and challenging situations, rather than reacting with anger and frustration.
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