On Long Island, Collaborative Divorce is an increasingly popular method of getting a divorce — and for good reason. In a collaborative divorce, Divorcing couples are given an opportunity to utilize a team of professionals that may include lawyers, accountants, mediators and other specialists in order to work through all of the issues that must be resolved in order to get a finalized divorce. It allows spouses to resolve the conflicts or disputes concerning the divorce without incurring the time and expense of going to court.
Divorce is not just a legal process, but a financial and emotional one as well. Most divorces are emotionally charged, and sometimes hostile processes that touch upon issues concerning years of accumulated assets as well as breaking of a household and family ties. Divorces can be especially difficult where children are concerned. Collaborative divorce brings together specialists that can help you to address all of these aspects of divorce in an efficient and less stressful way than a conventionally litigated divorce.
Bringing in Other Professionals to Help with Complex Issues
Professionals such as financial or mental health professions and child specialists may be involved in your collaborative divorce process. The involvement of these supportive professionals can assist in dealing with complex issues present in some divorces. By working together, tension and conflict can be filtered out and even removed, as parties feel that their goals are being met.
Divorce Coaches Guide You Through Your Divorce
Mental health professionals that are trained for collaborative divorce law are sometimes called divorce coaches. Divorce coaches use proven strategies to coach you through the divorce process. They can help you to manage your heightened emotions, focus on healthy objectives for the divorce, and communicate the values and goals that are most important to you. Your divorce coach can assist you with acknowledging and working through the family dynamics that might be difficult for you to resolve on your own, or that are hard for you to see clearly while you are under the stress of divorce.
Child Specialists Minimize Child Traum
The effect of divorce on children is something that all caring parents wish to minimize. A child specialist is a collaborative professional who is part of the collaborative divorce team in order to address the needs of the children. This is a trained mental health professional that can meet with the child to assess his or her feelings and needs, and then advocate for their interests in an effective way. This provides a much needed voice for the child involved in this difficult process. Child Specialists are trained in child psychology and development, and understand the children’s emotional needs during and after divorce.
Financial Specialists Protect Your Assets
Determining the financial implications of divorce can be a complex process. The financial specialist is a neutral party in the process who will make an objective contribution to the discussion of finances in order to maximize available assets and help the spouses reach a common sense settlement of property. In many collaborative divorces, financial specialists will do a comprehensive analysis of the finances involved in the divorce and make recommendations accordingly. A financial specialist uses his or her expertise to review the financial data and even investigate reported income and assets in order to determine the best course of action to reach settlement. This may involve taking an inventory of assets, debts, income and expenses. Valuation of businesses and other assets are also an important component of the role of this specialist. The financial specialist also considers the tax implications of division of assets and debts as well as child support and spousal support payments.
Collaborative Divorce Law Attorneys Keep You Out of Court
The role of the attorneys in the collaborative divorce process is to provide advocacy for you while negotiating on your behalf and working toward settlement. Collaborative divorce lawyers work with you in a non-adversarial manner, communicating with the other professionals involved, including your spouse’s attorney. In most instances, the attorneys will lead the collaborative law meetings. Your lawyer will always attend team meetings with you, advocating for your best interests and providing you with all pertinent information and legal advice that will help you to make decisions.
Have Long Island Collaborative Divorce Questions? We’ve Got Answers
The Long Island Divorce Law firm of Robert E. Hornberger, Esq., can support you through the process of divorce by helping you find the method that works best for you and your children. If you have questions about Collaborative Divorce and whether it’s right for you, contact our office for a free consultation at 631-923-1910.
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