Thursday, February 9, 2012

What is Collaborative Divorce in Indiana?

Collaborative law is a relatively new approach to divorce that is appealing to many people.  It has also been called “the peaceful divorce.”  The focus of collaborative law is to help parties find an acceptable settlement on all issues, similar to other alternative dispute resolutions approaches.  The collaborative process mostly involves informal meetings and discussions with both parties and their attorneys.  Additionally, other professionals, including a financial professional and a mental health professional, can be present, if needed, to help the parties work collaboratively to reach a settlement. 

The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (“IACP”) lists some things that are important to consider when deciding if a Collaborative Divorce is a good option for you:

·         You want to maintain the tone of respect, even if you disagree.

·         You want to prioritize the needs of your children.

·         You believe that both parties needs require equal consideration (you must be willing to listen objectively).

·         You believe that working creatively and cooperatively solves issues.

·         You believe it is important to reach beyond today’s frustrations and plan for the future.

·         You can behave ethically toward your spouse.

·         You want to maintain control of the divorce process with your spouse. 

Like any divorce, a collaborative divorce is not easy.  But there are many rewards associated with this type of practice.  It gives you the opportunity to control the costs of attorney’s fees, protect your children and work together to negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement.  We have several attorneys at Hollingsworth & Zivitz trained to practice in Collaborative Law.  We can help guide you through this process.  For more information about collaborative law, please call our office today to schedule a consultation.  

At Hollingsworth & Zivitz, P.C., our team has the experience, the understanding, and the compassion to assist with your family law needs. If you have questions or concerns regarding divorce, custody, support, or any other family law concerns contact our firm at 317.569.2200 or

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