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What Is Collaborative Law?
Divorcing spouses who do not seek to go straight to litigation may consider an alternative dispute resolution method called “collaborative law.” In this process, each spouse is represented by a specially trained collaborative lawyer. Spouses will sit together with their lawyers in face-to-face meetings to identify and address the issues they need to resolve to separate. This might involve financial planning and mental health professionals to settle matters like property division and child support. Note that if either spouse wants to go to court, the collaborative process ends.
In the collaborative law process, the lawyers and parties will all work together rather than as adversaries as in the traditional divorce trial. Spouses will have meetings with their own lawyers and the other professionals on their side, and both parties will convene to craft a final agreement. The non-adversarial nature of collaborative law allows the divorcing spouses more room to negotiate the outcome they want, rather than deferring to a judge’s default decision. This also means the agreement may last longer and be more robust, as both spouses themselves proposed and agreed to the provisions.
CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO DIFFICULT & COMPLEX PROBLEMS
All families and marriages are unique - our attorneys take the time to listen to our clients to fully understand the circumstances of their case. Only then do we advise the best legal option for their goals.
PROMPT RESPONSES TO INDIVIDUAL NEEDS AND INQUIRES
Divorce is a time of transition. We understand the emotional and financial stress that clients experience during the divorce process – from day one our team ensures that we provide our clients with prompt feedback so that they are updated on their case every step of the way.
CHOICES AND OPTIONS TAILORED TO EACH CASE
We are one of the only Manhattan divorce law firms offering all three options for divorce: litigation/negotiation, collaborative law, and mediation - providing custom strategies and solutions for our clients.
INDUSTRY THOUGHT LEADERS DEDICATED TO YOUR SUCCESS
Our attorneys provide frequent expert legal commentary for national media outlets and have been quoted in numerous publications including Fox's Business, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News and many more.
Our attorneys at Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein practice exclusively in family law, which means we have a deep and professional knowledge of all divorce disputes in many different circumstances, including child custody, property division, spousal maintenance, and child support. As a result, we will know how to effectively negotiate for each and every one of your divorce concerns. We also specialize in alternative dispute resolution methods in divorce, particularly collaborative law, so you can trust that we are familiar with the collaborative process and can walk you through every step of the negotiation.
We understand how emotionally and mentally draining the divorce process can be, so we will do our best to shoulder the brunt of the work in your negotiation. We will commit ourselves to your collaborative divorce and voice your interests and goals in the negotiation room. From collaborating with your spouse on drafting a custody arrangement to fighting for your property interests when dividing marital property, we can help you start on the right foot after divorce. Litigation can be costly, so collaborative law can save you time and money, as well as preserve an amicable relationship between you and your ex-spouse.
Let Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein help you with your collaborative divorce in Long Island. Call (212) 466-6015 or contact our firm online to get started.