Collaborative Family Law

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 Practice Benefits Children

Other than perhaps the death of a parent, divorce is often the single most traumatic event in a child’s life. In America 60% of all marriages end in divorce and a third of those divorces involve bitter conflict. One million children in our country are involved in divorce each year. These children are twice as likely as children from intact homes to develop behavior problems, psychiatric illness and addictions. Children of divorce are 50% more likely to divorce than children from intact homes, perpetuating the cycle and driving statistics up each year.

As typically practiced in America, divorce rips asunder the very foundation of a child’s world. It shatters the family structure, destroys communication between the parents, and irrevocably changes the child’s relationship with each parent. Children suffer not only their own fears and misery over the loss of the family but, too often, are used as pawns by one parent to hurt the other. Out of anger or emotional need, one parent may seek to monopolize the child’s time and affection to the exclusion of the other parent. There are no winners in a divorce. Everyone loses, but the children lose most of all.

Don't let children suffer from your divorce.Divorce professionals and researchers alike have concluded that how a couple conducts themselves during a divorce has far greater impact on their children than the separation itself. Weary of acrimonious divorce battles that dragged on in court and the expense and emotional damage they cause, attorneys and clients sought a more constructive way of divorcing. The sad reality is that divorce involves far too many complex personal and family issues to be adequately addressed and appropriately resolved by an already overwhelmed judiciary. People wanted to maintain control over their lives, not have decisions that would have such a major impact on their future dictated by an uninvested third party through the courts.

Collaborative Practice (also called Collaborative Law and Collaborative Divorce) became the answer. Founded in 1990 by Minnesota attorney Stuart G. Webb, collaborative practice focuses on the fact that divorce is not just a painful ending but can also be a new beginning. Stressing cooperation over confrontation and resolution over revenge, collaborative divorce is quickly transforming how couples dissolve their marriages, divide their assets, and reinvent their post-divorce parenting relationships. "Collaborative practice promotes respect, places the needs of the children first and keeps control of the process with the spouses," explains the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) website (www.CollaborativePractice.com).

An alternative to traditional litigious divorce and child custody proceedings, collaborative law is a commitment to a principled, negotiated settlement that focuses on client empowerment. It harnesses the problem-solving skills of both attorneys and their clients to arrive at creative settlements that address the needs of each parent and their children without the threat or use of court action. The collaborative law method provides the tools, resources, and professional assistance in a specialized and structured framework to achieve effective outcomes for families in transition. Interest in collaborative law is growing and is now practiced in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Switzerland.

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What is Collaborative Family Law?

Collaborative family law is a powerful and effective way for people who are divorcing to reach fair solutions and resolve differences, using highly trained and skilled professionals, while avoiding the cost and uncertainties of litigation. Collaborative family law is about achieving a fair and equitable settlement and assessing and accomplishing the thoughtful restructuring of the family.

The collaborative family law process is progressive because it allows couples to obtain the positive advantages of legal, financial, psychological and personal assistance in sorting out the complexities of their divorce, while at the same time focusing on issue resolution and family growth while completely avoiding the harmful disadvantages of the adversarial litigation process.

Only collaborative family law addresses the whole picture that is involved in divorce. It recognizes that divorce is more than a legal procedure or event. It is also a time of intense distress and proves to be challenging for the parties and particularly for the children. Many financial issues are involved and often they are complex. Because it does address the whole picture, the collaborative law process helps parties achieve a more complete, enriching and long term resolution.

In this process, parents and children tend to suffer fewer traumas, heal faster and have better relationships with each other after the divorce. Additionally, children are protected from the most devastating aspects of a family break-up.

People can use the collaborative family law process to resolve their entire matter, including child custody and visitation issues, property division and support. Post-divorce issues, such as adjustment of time with children or adjustment of support, can also be solved with collaborative law.

How Does It Work?

In a collaborative divorce, you will create a "container" that can be filled with experts who will work with you in an exchanging and meaningful dialogue directed toward the identification of and resolution of issues. The various individuals who work within the "container" can and will vary based upon the needs of the individual divorcing couple. You can have your own attorney who will provide you with full legal protection and advocacy. You will also have support and coaching from a psychological expert. There can also be a neutral financial professional to provide analysis and advice. All financial information is exchanged voluntarily and completely. The divorcing parties are still bound by their fiduciary duties of good faith and full and complete disclosure of assets and debts among other things. Your attorney helps you to assess the information and provides guidance and options.

A series of multi-party meetings is scheduled to systematically identify and examine the issues, explore options and work toward an agreement that satisfies both parties. An agenda is set for each meeting in advance, so that everyone is clear on what issues will be discussed during any given meeting. Attorneys can meet with their clients to prepare for each meeting.

A problem-solving approach is always used. Collaborative attorneys are trained in interest-based negotiation, and they help the parties to work productively to find agreements that meet the real interests of both. This type of negotiation allows both sides to win ("win-win" negotiation as opposed to the "win-lose" litigation model).

The collaborative family law process is voluntary, and both parties must agree to participate and to continue working together until resolution is achieved. This means that each participant has a stake in being fair and cooperative, because uncooperative behavior will cause the process to terminate and force the parties back to the litigation model.

If the process does terminate, the parties continue to have all of their rights and remedies under the law. The collaborative attorneys will withdraw and the parties can proceed to hire counsel to take the case to court and have their matters be decided by a judge.

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