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Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce is a unique process available to divorcing spouses that is built on family-focused resolutions and requires a commitment from both spouses not to go to court.

Practiced all over the world, Collaborative Divorce is an option for those who are faced with the reality that their family dynamic is changing due to divorce but who prefer to approach resolution of their divorce in a way that promotes mutual respect, harmony, deeper peace and healthy co-parenting, not just during the process, but after the divorce is legally final.

The Collaborative Divorce process starts with the assembly of a Collaborative team. The team consists of divorcing spouses and various Collaboratively-trained professionals, including attorneys and a divorce coach, whose collective objective is to create an environment for candid and transparent interest-based negotiations to assist divorcing spouses in resolving, not only all aspects of their divorce required to be resolved by Michigan divorce statutes, but other unique and personal goals identified by the spouses early on in the process.

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The “end result” of Collaborative Divorce is still the same as other processes—it results in a divorce. However, that daunting and, at times, downright frightening road of divorce in the Collaborative Divorce process can be much straighter and clearer. As ironic as it sounds, some spouses find that Collaborative Divorce highlights and celebrates the good of their marriage and even allows opportunities for parents to work together to create their “divorce story” for their children.

Jennifer and Erica have practiced Collaborative Divorce since 2011 and have handled many successful Collaborative cases through the years. Call us to set up your consultation today and find out if Collaborative Divorce is right for you.

    Collaborative Divorce is:

    • Team approach to divorce
    • Interest-based rather than positional negotiations
    • Child and family-focused
    • Confidential and transparent
    • Non-adversarial
    • Avoiding costs of discovery and other procedural mandates in divorce
    • A gentler way to divorce
    • More control over the divorce process, goals and discussions

    Learn more about Collaborative Divorce by
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    If you are seeking sound legal advice and representation for your West Michigan divorce or other family matter, call us today at 616-233-9160 or contact us online.

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