Divorce is often painful, frequently sad, invariably stressful but it shouldn’t be a war. Collaborative lawyers are uniquely qualified to protect families facing divorce from destruction and support transformation.
Here are the five most important ways collaborative attorneys differ from traditional litigation attorneys:
- Collaborative attorneys recognize that divorce is much more than a legal process. Divorce is a significant emotional/psychological event for families. Collaborative attorneys seek to meet the needs of the family rather than treating divorce as just another lawsuit.
- Collaborative attorneys collect and share financial information as a matter of course rather than using the financial information exchange process as an opportunity for court fights, gamesmanship, and hide-the-ball posturing. Wisconsin divorce law requires that all financial information be disclosed so why not just do a business-like exchange of information?
- Collaborative attorneys pledge to support reasonable approaches to all divorce issues. Traditional divorce litigation counsels clients to take extreme positions and slowly, expensively move toward a settlement middle ground that probably makes little sense for either client.
- Collaborative attorneys jointly hire financial experts, when needed, to advise the clients. Traditional divorce litigation hosts a battle of the experts.
- Collaborative attorneys advise, educate, and inform clients. Decision-making remains the right and responsibility of the clients.