Collaborative Divorce Attorney in Santa Maria

Collaborative DivorceCollaborative Divorce or “Collaborative Law” is a private confidential meeting that might be concluded in one day in which both parties to a dispute and their collaborative attorneys and sometimes other professionals such as counselors, therapists, tax professionals come together committed to resolving a conflict using a cooperative rather than an adversarial approach.

What is Collaborative Divorce?

Here in Santa Maria County, Collaborative Law allows both parties to avoid going to court while still retaining the advantages of advocacy provided by their respective attorneys.

Family Law Attorney, M. Marshall, can serve as your advocate while a separate attorney will represent your spouse. Everyone agrees ahead of time, in writing, that the matter will be resolved outside of court.  The Collaborative Law method provides fair and equitable results for all parties involved usually at significantly less expense than battling in front of a judge in open, public court.

The difference between mediation and collaboration is that in divorce mediation the “facilitator” or “mediator” works with both spouses and goes back and forth between them to hammer out an agreement and the attorneys are not allowed in the room with you and the mediator, or with you, your spouse and the mediator.  In Collaborative Law, both spouses and their respective attorneys work as a team: you with your attorney and your spouse with his/her attorney and any other professional team members to reach an equitable settlement.

Advantages of a Collaborative Divorce:

  • Help from your attorney is available if one (or more) participants feels he or she needs the assistance during the negotiations
  • Better outcome and significantly lower cost (compared to a court trial)

Potential Drawbacks of Collaborative Law:

  • The logistics of using several professionals can be cumbersome to schedule
  • None of the attorneys nor hired professionals can go to court on behalf of either client if the process fails.
  • If the collaborate process fails, new attorneys need to be hired for the court trial

More About Collaborative Divorce…

In choosing the Collaborative Divorce process, the stress & combativeness of litigation is replaced instead by a cooperative process that offers families solutions and options unavailable in traditional divorce process. M. Marshall is trained in Collaborative Divorce. Our Family Law Firm is here to help clients in Santa Maria achieve a divorce process that serves the unique need of their unique family situation.