Collaborative Divorce

The guiding principle of Collaborative Divorce (also called "no-court divorce", "divorce with dignity", or "peaceful divorce") is to offer the parties the support, protection, and guidance of their own lawyers without going to court. Additionally, Collaborative Divorce allows the parties the benefit of working with child and financial specialists, divorce coaches and other professionals all working together on their team.

Each spouse must retain a lawyer who is specially trained in this field, and meetings are then held with both spouses and lawyers present. The objective is to settle all issues such as custody, asset division and support in a safe and comfortable environment, with your lawyer present to guide you every step of the way. The parties are able to have input, with the safety of knowing they have their attorney looking out for their best interests. Instead of working on opposing sides, the attorneys work together to achieve the most beneficial settlement for their clients.

"It may seem antithetical for me to have a practice which consists of both aggressive trial representation and non-adversarial collaboration. It's not. After more than 30 years as a lawyer I can sense when litigation is necessary and when it isn't. When it isn't, I have specialized training in collaborative divorce and mediation to help the parties work things out to their satisfaction. My main goal always is to try to resolve these matters without destroying the family in the process."
-- Lawrence Jay Braunstein


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