Monday, 28 July 2014

The Collaborative Divorce Alternative by Gloria James-Civetta

By definition, Collaborative Divorce is a voluntary legal process which enables separating couples to end their marriage through the mediation process.Couples work with their lawyers and occasionally, other family professionals in order to avoid the uncertain outcome of a contested and often costly litigation process. Parties, through their lawyers, work hand in hand to address and achieve a global settlement that best meets their specific needs and that of their children.

The Collaborative Divorce Process is founded on the following principles:
  • A pledge not to litigate in Court.
  • An openly honest and voluntary approach to the exchange of information.
  • A commitment to work towards solutions that take into account the highest priorities of both parties and their children.

The process can be used to address all of the issues addressed under the traditional divorce process, such as:
  • Child custody care and control, child access
  • Spousal and child maintenance
  • Division of matrimonial assets
  • Taxes
  • Insurance
  • Divorce grounds
After successful mediation and subsequent agreement on terms, parties engage their lawyers to file their Separation as an Uncontested Divorce on a fault (adultery, unreasonable behaviour) or no-fault basis (3 year separation).
As Collaborative Family Practicioner, Msjameshas presided over numerous cases with successful resolution throughout CFP process.
If you need legal representation, kindly contact Gloria James-Civetta & Co, to get the legal advice you need.