Most people do not start out wanting to go to Court for their divorce. However, many people do not realize that if you do not officially handle your divorce as a Collaborative Divorce, you are in the litigation process, which may eventually result in a settlement, but in the meantime, it can also include hearings in court, discovery in the form of written questions sent back and forth between the parties (their attorneys), depositions, mediation, and trial. If your case ends up going to a hearing or trial, a judge, who has probably never met your family and may never see your again, will hear all the details of your case in court and will have control of the outcome of all the issues in your case. The problem is, unless you are officially in a Collaborative Divorce, you lose control of how your case is handled, and it can often become very litigious without you or your spouse meaning for it to. In a Collaborative Divorce, the only appearance in court is a very short and discrete presentation of the Agreed Decree of Divorce to the judge for his or her signature. A Collaborative Divorce–the best out of court solution–is handled privately, in the offices of the clients’ attorneys, with the clients, who know the most about their case and their children, having the ultimate decision-making power, input and control over their family’s future.
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