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In collaborative law parties agree to mutually resolve all disputed issues. If you and your spouse want to work together to devise a fair and respectful plan to resolve all issues concerning your children and your finances upon divorce, collaborative law provides the process to do so. While mediation is another option, the collaborative process is another method of resolving issues specific to your family at the time of separation and divorce. The collaborative process provides additional support to a separating couple than is provided in mediation. Simply stated, the collaborative process is a less painful way to divorce.

The attorneys at Becker, Kellogg & Berry encourage the use of collaborative law for divorces, child custody and child support decisions. It can reduce tension and anxiety for your family because a judge isn't making a decision for your family—you are. Contact us to speak to Virginia attorneys trained in using collaborative law practices. In the collaborative process, separation and divorce are approached as a problem to be solved, not a battle to be fought.

Divorce Doesn't Have to be About the Fight—Collaboration Works

Most divorce or child custody issues involve a family in crisis. The emotions that you feel as you work through your family law issue may worsen if you go to court. Litigation intensifies feelings of anger, anxiety and heartache because the adversarial system pits the two parties against one another. In contrast to litigation, a collaborative divorce uses a team-based approach, where each spouse has a collaboratively trained attorney, and the option of calling in other specialists, such as mental health counselors, child specialists and a neutral financial advisor to help the divorcing couple and their family come to a mutual and respectful agreement.

The process of collaborative family law creates an incentive for everyone to work together because court is not an option. Couples must sign an agreement to work with one another through the divorce or child custody issue. Each party's lawyers must also sign the document, agreeing that they will not go to court to settle contested issues. A settlement conference provides the forum for the collaborative discussions. Collaborative law is less costly, both financially and emotionally, than litigation.

Seeking Positive Outcomes with Collaboration

If you choose collaborative law, the Becker, Kellogg & Berry, P.C., attorneys will act as your advocate in collaborative discussions. We will give you sound family law advice during the settlement conference. We can also counsel you on alternative programs that may help to resolve your family's main concerns, including mental health professionals, financial advisors and child psychologists.

The attorneys at our law firm are respected in the community and are trained mediators. We have extensive experience in alternatives to litigation and can help your collaborative process run smoothly to quickly resolve your family law issues.

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For further information about the collaborative divorce process, you may also find the following web sites helpful.

Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia

Virginia Collaborative Professionals

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

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