Archive for May, 2013

The Benefits of the Team Approach in Collaborative Divorce

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Divorce involves highly-charged emotional and financial issues with legal ramifications, yet most people think of divorce as only a legal process. The legal process model is one where you (or the court) divides assets, determines alimony and child support and figures out the best parenting plan for your children. The problem is that divorces can drag on for years if the emotions are not properly managed, especially if people are stuck in places of deep hurt and resentment. Furthermore, crucial financial decisions are often made with limited information and in a rushed environment, sometimes a week or even a day before trial. Settling your case without the necessary tools and enough time to consider alternatives can result in lost opportunities.

The Collaborative team model acknowledges the fact that each divorce includes legal, financial and emotional components that all affect each other. The team consists of two lawyers, a neutral coach (a trained mental health practitioner), and a neutral financial expert. The team process allows each professional to do what he or she does best to efficiently support the clients in their divorce process. This usually results in savings both in time and in money for the parties.

The presence of the team often helps all participants rise to their best selves as they grapple with the difficult issues in the divorce. The team approach also helps the professionals understand the dynamic between the parties so that settlement talks are as productive as possible. For lawyers, knowing how to communicate to the opposing party can make all the difference between a failed and a successful resolution of the case. And knowing all of the tax consequences of different financial options can aid the parties in their quest to create durable “win-win” agreements.

Now that I have experienced the significant value added by the team approach to Collaborative cases, I cannot imagine doing cases without a team on board. Doing Collaborative work with only two lawyers and two clients misses the opportunity to improve communication, enhance financial agreements, and transform co-parenting for the benefit of the parties’ children.

Lisa Forberg, Esq.

Lisa Forberg, Esq.

 Attorney Lisa Forberg is a collaborative divorce lawyer with Forberg Law in Manchester, N.H. www.forberg-law.com

I’ve Done the Research Now What?

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

After you have had a chance to research the collaborative law process and how it might help you there are a few options.

 

One choice could be to reach out to a collaboratively trained attorney.  You can set up a consultation with an attorney of your choosing to go into more depth of how the process works as well as your legal rights.  This meeting would be for you only and would remain confidential and private.

 

Another option could be to contact one of the collaboratively trained coaches.  You can meet with the coach individually or with your spouse to explore the process further.  This setting might be more comfortable for some people.

 

The last option and less utilized one could be to sit down with a collaboratively trained financial neutral to look at your finances and how to approach the coming changes for your family.  You may also want to include your spouse in this process.

 

Please visit our FAQ’s page for more information about each professional’s role in the process and how they can assist you in moving towards a resolution of your matter.

Attorney Kate Morneau

Attorney Katherine Morneau

Attorney Katherine Morneau is a collaborative divorce lawyer with Morneau Law in Nashua, N.H. www.MorneauLaw.com