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Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce Charlotte, NC

Mediation for Amicable Divorce Proceedings

Collaborative Law Divorce is a new and unique approach to family law that seeks to eliminate the adversarial court process and commits to reaching a deeper and long-lasting resolution to the end of a marriage. Parties that commit to the Collaborative Law Divorce process agree to negotiate and work towards a comprehensive settlement of child custody, child support, equitable distribution, and alimony without litigation before the court. The core theme of Collaborative Law Divorce is that when parties stop being adversaries and instead focus on the long-term emotional, psychological, and financial health of both spouses and their children, everyone will achieve a much more satisfying outcome.

Miller Bowles Cushing partners Chris Miller and Kate B. Miller are both certified Collaborative Law attorneys in Charlotte, trained and experienced in this new and rapidly expanding area of law. Call (704) 810-1400 to schedule a consultation.

Can I File for Divorce Outside of Court?

Because the collaborative process does not involve the court, parties are not bound by litigation deadlines or the pressure of mandatory hearings and trials. This allows parties to work at their own pace towards settlement and take additional time where needed.

For example, if the parties feel a child is having difficulties adjusting to the separation, the collaborative process can adjust timelines and allow more time for the collaborative child therapist to work with the child before the parties are forced to make long-term decisions on a custody schedule. Alternatively, a court hearing date on child custody is set and moves forward regardless of whether the children or parents are emotionally ready to do so.

The Collaborative Contract

Collaborative Law Divorce is different than other types of mediation or negotiation because of the Collaborative Contract. At the beginning of the Collaborative Law Divorce process, both spouses and their attorneys execute a written contract which requires good faith negotiation, an open and honest disclosure of issues and facts, and a voluntary exchange of financial and other pertinent information and documents.

The Collaborative Contract also states that if one spouse wishes to end the collaborative process and pursue court action, the collaborative divorce attorneys for both parties must end the representation and terminate their relationship with the spouse. As a result, spouses are incentivized to continue to work towards settlement rather than pursuing court action as an emotional reaction.

The Advantage of Collaborative Divorce

You will be supported by professionals with the right expertise to guide and inform you along the way. The results are legally binding agreements that resolve the issues facing you and your family. The Collaborative process preserves your privacy and dignity while giving you the best possible chance at resolving your disputes respectfully.

Collaborative Practice differs from conventional divorce in 3 important ways:

  • You and your spouse or partner, along with your Collaborative Professional Team, pledge in writing not to go to Court.
  • You and your spouse or partner, rather than a Judge, decide what is best for you and your family.
  • Respectful, face to face conversations between you and your spouse or partner, along with the support and guidance of your Collaborative Professional Team, lead to a legally binding, long lasting settlement.

You and your spouse will work with your Collaborative team in a series of face-to-face meetings, at the pace that is right for you. You will maintain open communication, and information will be shared freely. Together, using a problem-solving approach, you can find long-lasting solutions.

Contact Miller Bowles Cushing Today

Miller Bowles Cushing attorneys Kate Miller and Chris Miller are certified by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), and utilize the Collaborative Practice. The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals is an international community of legal, mental health, and financial professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict. The preceding information can be found in the IACP E-brochure here: IACP E-brochure.

If you would like to learn more about the Collaborative Law Divorce process, please contact Miller Bowles Cushing today. Call us at (704) 810-1400 to schedule a consultation with a certified Charlotte collaborative divorce attorney.

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  • Award-Winning Litigators and Mediators
  • Over 50 Years of Collective Experience Handling Family Law Cases
  • Devoted to Providing the Highest-Quality Legal Representation to Our Clients
  • Proud to Provide Top-Notch Legal Service From NC Board Certified Specialists in Family Law

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  • He walked me through every aspect of the process and he answered all of my questions and/or concerns promptly and thoroughly.

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  • Excellent level of commitment and perseverance throughout the case. He made efforts above and beyond expected time after time. He is thorough and detail oriented, and takes that extra time to do the best possible job he can. His integrity is unquestionable

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