The model of end of marriage proceedings defined by bitterness and arguing is so persuasive that sometimes people may overlook better alternatives. John Heilbrun is one of Cincinnati’s most experienced practitioners of Collaborative Process Divorce, an alternative to traditional divorce that stresses the overall benefit of an agreed resolution instead of adversarial litigation.
Parties who are interested in the Collaborative Divorce Process should plan on consulting an attorney who has been trained in the Collaborative Process, and who has experience in the Collaborative Divorce Process. Trained Collaborative divorce attorneys likes John Heilbrun can help create the open, positive environment necessary for honest discussion and cooperation between spouses who have decided to end their marriage.
Once the Collaborative Process has started, things to expect include the following:
- Both parties abiding by the rules of the Collaborative Process until its conclusion, including providing full disclosure of all relevant information to the other spouse;
- You, your spouse, your respective attorneys and any other members of the “team” meeting together to discuss all the issues arising as a result of the ending of the marriage;
- A psychologist or another family relations specialist, as well as a financial advisor, might be involved as members of the “team” to provide additional support and resources so you and your spouse can collaborate effectively;
- All disputed matters, including division of assets and debts, spousal support/alimony and parenting and support arrangements will be discussed, with a variety of options put on the table for consideration.
Ultimately, spouses who use the Collaborative Process are in control of the outcome. This is contrary to people who are unable or unwilling to try to reach a satisfactory agreement and defer to the Court to make these important decisions. In the latter event, the spouses give the Court the authority and power to make these decisions for them.
If you are considering ending your marriage and you would like to learn more about the Collaborative Divorce Process, please contact John Heilbrun to schedule an initial consultation.