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Imagine a scenario where you, your spouse and both of your attorneys agree NOT to go to court. Collaborative divorce is like mediation in that it involves a commitment to achieving a negotiated solution. However, Collaborative Divorce provides greater support for clients by bringing together a team of professionals to assist the client in addressing the legal, emotional and financial issues.
In divorce mediation, the lawyer serves as the mediator, a neutral third party who facilitates direct negotiations between spouses. The mediator provides legal, psychological, and practical education on the issues to be resolved, and assists the parties in identifying all possible alternative solutions, and typically drafting a written settlement agreement that clearly address all of the issues which need to be resolved.
A pre-nuptial agreement or pre-marital agreement is a written contract created by two people before they are married. It lists all of the property the people own at the time of marriage, how they want to hold their assets during and in the event of a divorce, and how they want their earnings during marriage to be treated
Divorce coaching helps you stay focused, goal-oriented, and keep your priorities front and center. It helps you make your best possible decisions as you move through the process and create your new life. For clients with children, divorce coaching helps you create a positive co-parenting relationship with a shared focus on the needs of the children
A “qualified domestic relation order” (QDRO) is a domestic relations order that splits a retirement plan or pension plan and acknowledges that there is joint ownership in all or part of the plan due to marriage.
Estate planning is a process involving your family, other individuals, and in many cases, charitable organization of your choice. It also involves your assets (property). Estate planning addressing your future needs in case you ever become unable to care for yourself.