Divorce And Collaborative Law FAQs

Divorce is often portrayed in our culture as being a long, treacherous legal battle that frequently ends in undesirable results for everyone involved. However, it is not always necessary for divorcing spouses to have to fight tooth and nail before a family court judge to obtain a favorable divorce settlement. Couples usually find that settling their differences amicably through negotiation or mediation allows them to retain a stronger voice in the outcome.

At the Plymouth law firm, Selleck Legal, PLLC, we draw on substantial experience in family court to guide individuals through the divorce process outside of court. We know that many people may not be aware that options other than a court battle are available.

Is A Collaborative Divorce For You?

We also know that individuals may have questions about alternatives to a litigated divorce. Below, we have compiled a short list of common questions people may have about divorce and collaborative law.

My soon-to-be ex and I have disputes. Can we still engage in a collaborative divorce?

Collaborative law does not require you to agree on every issue at the outset. Amicable divorces do not necessarily have to involve uncontested issues. The goal of a collaborative divorce is to empower the parties to reach reasonable solutions through a negotiated process. Because the divorcing spouses are involved — with their attorneys — in resolving disputes without litigation before a judge, the parties retain more control over the outcome.

Does my attorney still advocate for me, even though the divorce is more amicable?

Collaborative divorce does not equate to giving up control, rather it helps to facilitate meaningful discussions about the outcome. Your attorney remains by your side as an advocate who will safeguard your rights and best interests, while allowing you and your ex to find personalized solutions that meet your goals.

What benefits are there to settling differences out of court?

When divorcing spouses turn to alternatives to litigation to resolve their differences, they retain more of a voice than presenting facts and legal arguments to a judge. Whether you decide to collaborate with your soon-to-be ex and his or her attorney, or mediate differences before a third-party neutral, you have the ability to counteroffer when things do not meet your needs. There is more flexibility in a negotiated, amicable settlement. Most people find the amicable process less stressful, less costly and more tailored than a final decision handed down from the court.

Call To Arrange A No-Pressure Consultation With A Skilled Family Law Attorney

To arrange a free initial consultation with attorney Stacey L. Selleck, call 734-713-8995 or send us an email now. We respond promptly to after-hours and overnight messages. Our lawyer represents individuals throughout Wayne, Oakland and surrounding counties in Michigan, including clients who live in Plymouth, Westland and Livonia.