What Does a Collaborative Divorce Lawyer Do?

A collaborative divorce lawyer works with a team of professionals alongside a divorcing couple to reach an outcome without involving the legal system. A collaborative divorce lawyer represents one spouse in a collaborative divorce. The other spouse also has their own collaborative divorce lawyer to advocate for him or her during meetings. A divorce coach and financial neutral will also attend these meetings. 
A collaborative divorce lawyer operates entirely  outside the court system, except for the agreed-upon mandatory filings needed to secure judgment on all issues. Collaborative divorce can make challenging times better for families when a marriage ends. Collaborative divorce works by conducting six-way meetings in a safe  and structured environment that helps lower stress and encourage open communication. Spouses, along with their collaborative attorneys, divorce coach, and financial neutral,  work together as a team to streamline the divorce process and create an outcome that support the entire family.  
During the first meeting, each spouse will meet their representing collaborative divorce lawyer. Each spouse will also sign a participation agreement and agrees to openly and honestly share all relevant information necessary to address the financial and legal issues of their case. All subsequent negotiations are conducted in  six-way meetings with: 
  • You
  • Your collaborative divorce attorney
  • Your Spouse
  • Your Spouse’s collaborative divorce attorney
  • Divorce coach
  • Financial neutral
Your collaborative divorce lawyer will be there for you each step of the way, working to provide a safe, transparent space where future arrangements, division of assets and plans for children can be agreed-upon. By using an interdisciplinary approach – two lawyers, a divorce coach and financial neutral, we can ensure each client receives information specific to their needs or issues.
Take the Next Step with The Hill Law Firm
If you are in Johnson County, KS including Overland Park, KS and have decided collaborative divorce is the best step for you and your family,   contact me, Elizabeth Hill, to   schedule a consultation at The Hill Law Firm, P.C. Please also feel free to call me at (913) 381-1500 with any questions you have regarding collaborative divorce and anything it involves.