Monmouth County Collaborative Divorce
Helping Both Parties Find Mutually Beneficial Outcomes
When people come to the Law Office of Steven P. Monaghan, LLC, they are often surprised at the wide variety of options available for resolving a divorce. One option that you may not be aware of is collaborative divorce. This is a relatively new process that can allow you to resolve your divorce in a much less stressful manner than the traditional methods.
How Does Collaborative Law Work?
In some ways, collaborative law is similar to mediation. It allows spouses to work together to reach mutually beneficial agreements — agreements that may be significantly different and more creative than the judgment provided if the case went to trial.
If you want to learn more about collaborative law and how it may benefit you in your divorce, speak to the Monmouth County collaborative divorce attorney who pioneered the concept in New Jersey: Steven Monaghan at the Law Office of Steven P. Monaghan, LLC. Contact us today to get started!
Collaborative Law Vs. Litigation Vs. Mediation
One important distinction is that in litigation, each attorney has the duty to his or her own client. The compromise is found through an adversarial process, through bargaining from the extreme positions.
In a collaborative divorce, the attorneys are committed to seeking a resolution that is to the benefit of the family as a whole, as opposed to one that is beneficial just to one spouse. Attorneys who practice collaborative law receive special training that allows them to refocus their efforts in the collaborative way.
The collaborative divorce process itself is somewhat similar to mediation, but in many ways it is quite different. Unlike mediation, there is no third party guiding spouses through the process. Instead, spouses are each represented by a lawyer specifically trained in this process. The lawyer advises the spouse and provides important guidance throughout.
Another important element of collaborative divorce is that, at the beginning of the process, both parties must sign an agreement that they will see it through. If they do not, they must start over and retain new lawyers if they want to proceed with litigation. This is a powerful incentive to make the process work.
Will Collaborative Law Work for You in Your Divorce? Talk to Us.
To find out if the collaborative law process is right for your divorce, talk to one of the experienced Monmouth County collaborative divorce attorneys at the Law Office of Steven P. Monaghan, LLC.
Call (732) 624-6343 today to schedule your consultation!