What Is Collaborative Law?

Collaborative law is a powerful, effective, voluntary alternative to traditional divorce litigation. In this process, both parties retain attorneys who are trained mediators, as well as trained in the collaborative law process. The parties and their attorneys meet together as a team for a settlement conference to work through each aspect of your divorce. Both parties may utilize individual coaches, neutral child specialists and financial experts to assist them in obtaining a fair outcome.

If you are contemplating divorce, the experienced divorce and family law attorneys at Di Giacomo & Somers L.L.C., serving Northfield and Chicago, are skilled at litigation, collaboration and mediation. We will help you make the right decision for your divorce.

A Dignified Process

The collaborative process works around the basic principles of negotiation, respectful communication and information exchange. Traditional litigation can get ugly, and the emotional toll on the parties can be devastating. Collaborative law allows separating couples to end their marriage without destroying their future relationship with each other, their relationships with extended family members and, most importantly, their relationships with their children.

In a collaborative divorce, the attorneys and the parties must be committed to trying to resolve the matter amicably. Therefore, less time is spent drafting court pleadings and preparing for and attending hearings and trials. In a collaborative divorce, the lawyers focus on creating solutions to your problems. Collaborative law is different than mediation because if the negotiation process breaks down, and the dispute must be resolved in the courts, both collaborative attorneys must be discharged and new counsel retained by both parties.

Is Alternative Dispute Resolution Right For You?

Are you in a position where you could possibly resolve your divorce amicably? If so, a collaborative divorce could work for you — it can help you keep your costs down, reduce stress on you and the children, keep unnecessary animosity to a minimum and maintain more control over the outcome of your case.

At Di Giacomo & Somers L.L.C., we bring experience and compassion to the practice of law. With over 100 years' combined experience, our team can help you set the stage for a better tomorrow. Contact our collaborative law attorneys today to schedule your consultation. Call 847-784-8900 today or reach out to us online.