Collaborative Divorce

Why Should You Consider a Cobb County Collaborative Divorce?

Take a look at these Truthful Reasons and Testimonials as to why you should consider Collaborative Divorce in this short video.

Then, check out the Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia’s new web site for more details on whether the benefits of collaborative practice appeal to you and if you and your family are a good fit for the collaborative process to resolve your divorce or other family law dispute. If you are and you’d like to get started, call our Cobb County collaborative divorce law firm at 770-425-6060.

The Extraordinary Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

The Extraordinary Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

The Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia (“CLIG”) has launched an innovative new website which reveals the extraordinary benefits of the collaborative process in resolving divorce and family law disputes through the use of popular texting acronyms and graphics reinforcing the image of two people being able to sit down together or have a beverage together while they discuss and resolve their case. The approach also includes the clever tagline “Divorce With Benefits™.” Here are some of those benefits in the following slideshow:

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As a Marietta and Cobb County collaborative divorce lawyer and an Atlanta collaborative divorce attorney, I am very excited by the new marketing approach and the improved message we can share with the public to educate them about the benefits of collaborative divorce over traditional  litigated divorce. If you have questions about the collaborative process and whether it is right for you and your family, check out the CLIG website or give us a call at 770.425.6060.

Georgia Family Lawyer Highlights Article on Divorce and Children

As a Georgia family lawyer, I have seen my fair share of courtroom battles. The saddest of these place the children of the marriage squarely in the middle. A recent news article explains how parents can avoid doing that. The article emphasizes that parents should remember:

  • They will be connected forever. Parents must stay in touch with one another as co-parents and then as co-grandparents.
  • They must maintain boundaries between adult problems and children. Children should be allowed to remain unburdened by adult problems. Children lack the coping skills and intellectual ability to understand adult concerns. They also must process their own feelings regarding the divorce.
  • They must make transitions smoothly. Children get stressed when they are shuffled from home to home. Transitions should be brief and respectful. Children should not be asked to relay messages back and forth.
  • They must be flexible. Parents must cooperate. Life changes, and parents should be mature enough to make some adaptations when necessary.
  • They should deliver solid parenting. The quality of parenting can suffer during a divorce. A parent might be more focused on issues related to the divorce and on adjusting to a new phase in life. Parents should try to be the best parents they can be.

Our Marietta, Georgia family law firm handles both litigated and collaborative divorces. Contact the Georgia family law attorneys at Georgia Family Law: Worrall Law LLC for more information. You may reach us by calling 770.425.6060 or by filling out an online contact form.

What is a Georgia Collaborative Divorce and Who Benefits From It?

If you are contemplating filing for divorce, you have likely tried to do everything in your power to make things work. You have read books on relationships, attended counseling sessions, and gone on retreats. At some point, however, the reality becomes too big to ignore: The marriage just is not working.

Once you have decided to end your marriage, you will likely begin researching your options. As you do this research, you may come across information regarding “collaborative law” and wonder if this would be a good option for you.

In a collaborative divorce, the divorcing couple agrees not to go to court. They decide to resolve their dispute respectfully by focusing on their goals and by coming up with a solution that works for both parties.

Who benefits from collaborative divorce?

Many people may benefit from collaborative divorce in Georgia. It is designed for people who want a civilized, respectful resolution of their issues. The couple must be willing to focus on solutions rather than on accusations or revenge. Specifically, the process is good for:

  • People who want to maintain a productive working relationship with their ex-spouses.
  • People who will be co-parenting and who place their children’s interests at the top of the priority list.
  • People who want to protect their children from the negativity associated with a bitter divorce dispute.
  • People who want to make their own decisions over child-rearing and financial arrangements, instead of having a judge make those decisions.
  • People who want to keep their family issues private.

If you are considering a collaborative divorce, contact our Georgia family lawyers

If you are contemplating a collaborative divorce, contact us. We have years of experience working with families to preserve relationships. Contact us at 770.425.6060 or fill out an online contact form.

Collaborative Divorce Practice: A Summary in Bullet Points From a Marietta Collaborative Divorce Lawyer

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As a Marietta and Atlanta Georgia collaborative divorce lawyer, I often need to explain succinctly the features and benefits of collaborative divorce versus mediation or litigation. The following is a quick, bullet-point summary of those features and benefits:

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What is collaborative practice?
Collaborative Practice is a new option for divorcing couples to resolve disputes respectfully
and equitably without going to court.

The goal of collaborative practice is to help divorcing and separating couples to focus on
their most important goals, especially children, throughout the divorce process. The end
result is a more efficient, targeted and productive way to resolve disputes.

What distinguishes collaborative practice from other methods of divorce?
Collaborative Practice promotes respect and keeps spouses in control of the process, not
judges.

It addresses each couple’s unique concerns, as opposed to litigation which is driven by the
general rule of law meant to apply to all.

Because clients agree not to go to court, the process is more open and less adversarial. The
goal is to enhance communication throughout the process and lay the foundation for a
healthier relationship after the divorce.

What is the biggest difference between collaborative practice and litigation?*

Control
In collaborative, you and your spouse agree not to go to court. This gives you and your spouse
control of the process and outcome versus litigation, where a judge makes the final decision.

Collaboration
Instead of the win-lose court setting, the entire collaborative team ensures that both spouses
work with each other, not against each other, towards mutually beneficial solutions for
critical issues.

Communication
One barrier in litigation is a lack of effective communication between spouses. In the collaborative
process, spouses learn a framework for effectively communicating their concerns
and goals.

 

What is the biggest difference between collaborative practice and mediation?*

Personalized counsel
Both you and your spouse are represented by your attorney throughout the entire process.

Team approach
the entire collaborative law team is there to help facilitate communication between the
spouses, working towards the best possible solution for all and making sure all issues are
addressed.

How does it work?

• Utilizes specialists who leverage their areas of expertise to address children’s needs and
the emotional and financial aspects of divorce
• Creates a safe environment for both parties without the threat of court
• Provides a structure for communication that considers each person’s needs
• Shares information that allows good decisions to be made
• Focuses on a creative and respectful approach that helps clients reach a mutually agreeable
settlement.

Who is Collaborative Practice for?

• People going through a divorce who want a civilized, respectful resolution of the issues
and are willing to focus on solutions rather than on blame or revenge
• People who want to maintain a productive working relationship with their (ex) spouses
• People who will be co-parenting and want to keep children’s interests at the forefront,
i.e. protecting children from the negative impact associated with bitter litigation
• People who want to control decision-making over child-rearing and/or financial
arrangements rather that turning it over to a stranger (judge)
• People who place as much or more value on the relationship that will exist in the
restructured family as on obtaining maximum resources
• People who value privacy.

 

What are the benefits of Collaborative Practice?

Better for children
• Gives children a voice in the process, alleviating the potential of future trauma that
sometimes persists for generations

Private
• Keeps problems and assets private
Less stressful
• Improves communication between parties
• Keeps control of process with the spouses
• Promotes respect and healthier long-term communications

Focus on the future

Saves time
• The process is more efficient, productive and targeted because of the unique structure of
the collaborative team

Learning Effective Communication Skills
• Communication skills acquired during collaborative process may have positive applications
outside divorce.

SOURCE: International Association of Collaborative Professionals

 

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If you are considering divorce and especially if you have children together, I urge you to consider a different (and better) way to divorce. Call us at 770-425-6060 and learn how a team of skilled professionals can help manage the many aspects of divorce — the legal issues, the emotional turmoil, the concerns for the children, and the financial and property questions. It’s a process that encourages mutual respect, emphasizes the needs of the children, keeps the control of the process with the individuals, utilizes a problem-solving approach, and identifies and addresses the interests and concerns of all.

 

Collaborative Divorce Practice: A Summary in Bullet Points From an Atlanta Collaborative Divorce Lawyer

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As a Marietta and Atlanta Georgia collaborative divorce lawyer, I often need to explain succinctly the features and benefits of collaborative divorce versus mediation or litigation. The following is a quick, bullet-point summary of those features and benefits:

________________________________________________

What is collaborative practice?
Collaborative Practice is a new option for divorcing couples to resolve disputes respectfully
and equitably without going to court.

The goal of collaborative practice is to help divorcing and separating couples to focus on
their most important goals, especially children, throughout the divorce process. The end
result is a more efficient, targeted and productive way to resolve disputes.

What distinguishes collaborative practice from other methods of divorce?
Collaborative Practice promotes respect and keeps spouses in control of the process, not
judges.

It addresses each couple’s unique concerns, as opposed to litigation which is driven by the
general rule of law meant to apply to all.

Because clients agree not to go to court, the process is more open and less adversarial. The
goal is to enhance communication throughout the process and lay the foundation for a
healthier relationship after the divorce.

What is the biggest difference between collaborative practice and litigation?*

Control
In collaborative, you and your spouse agree not to go to court. This gives you and your spouse
control of the process and outcome versus litigation, where a judge makes the final decision.

Collaboration
Instead of the win-lose court setting, the entire collaborative team ensures that both spouses
work with each other, not against each other, towards mutually beneficial solutions for
critical issues.

Communication
One barrier in litigation is a lack of effective communication between spouses. In the collaborative
process, spouses learn a framework for effectively communicating their concerns
and goals.

 

What is the biggest difference between collaborative practice and mediation?*

Personalized counsel
Both you and your spouse are represented by your attorney throughout the entire process.

Team approach
the entire collaborative law team is there to help facilitate communication between the
spouses, working towards the best possible solution for all and making sure all issues are
addressed.

How does it work?

• Utilizes specialists who leverage their areas of expertise to address children’s needs and
the emotional and financial aspects of divorce
• Creates a safe environment for both parties without the threat of court
• Provides a structure for communication that considers each person’s needs
• Shares information that allows good decisions to be made
• Focuses on a creative and respectful approach that helps clients reach a mutually agreeable
settlement.

Who is Collaborative Practice for?

• People going through a divorce who want a civilized, respectful resolution of the issues
and are willing to focus on solutions rather than on blame or revenge
• People who want to maintain a productive working relationship with their (ex) spouses
• People who will be co-parenting and want to keep children’s interests at the forefront,
i.e. protecting children from the negative impact associated with bitter litigation
• People who want to control decision-making over child-rearing and/or financial
arrangements rather that turning it over to a stranger (judge)
• People who place as much or more value on the relationship that will exist in the
restructured family as on obtaining maximum resources
• People who value privacy.

 

What are the benefits of Collaborative Practice?

Better for children
• Gives children a voice in the process, alleviating the potential of future trauma that
sometimes persists for generations

Private
• Keeps problems and assets private
Less stressful
• Improves communication between parties
• Keeps control of process with the spouses
• Promotes respect and healthier long-term communications

Focus on the future

Saves time
• The process is more efficient, productive and targeted because of the unique structure of
the collaborative team

Learning Effective Communication Skills
• Communication skills acquired during collaborative process may have positive applications
outside divorce.

SOURCE: International Association of Collaborative Professionals

 

________________________________________________

If you are considering divorce and especially if you have children together, I urge you to consider a different (and better) way to divorce. Call us at 770-425-6060 and learn how a team of skilled professionals can help manage the many aspects of divorce — the legal issues, the emotional turmoil, the concerns for the children, and the financial and property questions. It’s a process that encourages mutual respect, emphasizes the needs of the children, keeps the control of the process with the individuals, utilizes a problem-solving approach, and identifies and addresses the interests and concerns of all.