Collaborative Law Attorneys in Connecticut

Choose the Collaborative Law Approach for Your Divorce

Collaborative law is a way to resolve disagreements and conflicts by removing the disputed matter from the litigious court room and treating the process as a way to engage in problem solving and to make peace. Instead of fighting your divorce out in front of the judge, you and your spouse will be working together to negotiate an amicable settlement out of court. The Connecticut divorce lawyers at Bauer Law Group, LLC have been trained in the collaborative process, and we are passionate about helping people resolve their disputes amicably and fairly.

What happens in a collaborative divorce?

The parties to a collaborative divorce retain separate attorneys whose job it is to help them settle the dispute. This is one of the major differences between collaborative divorce and mediation; rather than working together with a single mediator, each spouse has his or her own lawyer to provide counsel and advocacy. No one may go to court. If that should occur, the collaborative law process terminates and both attorneys are disqualified from any further involvement in the case.

What makes CT collaborative law so unique?

Each party agrees to honestly and openly disclose all documents and information relating to the issues. The fact that deciding to engage in adversarial litigation would require each party to discharge his or her attorney encourages this free and open disclosure, since there is less concern about saying things that could later be held against one. All participants agree to insulate the children from the proceeding and to act in such a way as to minimize the impact of the divorce on them.

Who else is involved in the collaborative process?

The parties agree to implement outside experts where necessary in a cooperative fashion and share the costs related to those experts. Depending on the circumstances of the case, it may be useful or even necessary to retain professionals including real estate appraisers, business appraisers, parenting consultants, vocational evaluators, or accountants who can share their insight and assist in reaching agreements that are fair to all involved. If you are interested in collaborative law and want to learn whether this approach may be appropriate for your divorce, contact us now for an initial consultation with a divorce attorney from our team.