Peace River Psychology Center Collaborative Divorce Service
The wounds of divorce can last a lifetime…
but they don’t have to.
Collaborative Divorce is a unique settlement alternative to the typical high-cost, high-stress, courtroom divorce. It is a new method for getting divorced without destroying families or depleting bank accounts, and for resolving your divorce in a manner that is compassionate and respectful.
The collaborative process saves you time, money, and heartache.
In the collaborative process, an inter-disciplinary team (2 attorneys, a neutral financial services professional, and a neutral mental health professional) works together with both spouses to identify win-win results and to preserve family relationships after the marriage has ended.
The process replaces contentious and adversarial interactions with cooperative, respectful ones in which both spouses are heard and all concerns are taken seriously. Open communication and honesty are cultivated in the spirit of identifying mutually beneficial outcomes.
Also, by keeping your divorce out of the courts, the collaborative divorce process also enables your family to keep your personal matters private.
Features of a collaborative divorce:
- Parties agree that the outstanding issues will be settled in a non-adversarial manner using interest-based negotiation.
- Parties will rely on their lawyers to assist them in reaching the settlement.
- Parties will act in their children’s best interests to promote the relationships between the children and the parties and to minimize any emotional damage to the children as a result of the separation.
- All communications during the process will be constructive and fair, and will not take advantage of any errors made by the other party.
- The status quo will be maintained in regards to the children and no unilateral changes will be made to assets, insurance coverages or other matters during the process without consent of both parties.
- The most important element of collaborative divorce is that the lawyers commit to manage the conflict, emotional issues and relationship issues creatively.