New York Firm Guides Clients in Collaborative Divorces
White Plains lawyers help divorcing spouses resolve issues outside of court
Braunstein & Zuckerman in White Plains represents New York clients during the Collaborative Divorce process. The guiding principle of Collaborative Divorce is to offer the parties the support, protection, and guidance of their own lawyers to resolve all aspects of the divorce without going to court.
Each party must retain a lawyer who is specially trained in collaborative law, and meetings are held with both spouses and lawyers present. The object is to settle all issues such as custody, division of assets and liabilities, and spousal and child support in a safe, comfortable and controlled environment, with your lawyers present to guide you through every step of the process. The parties are encouraged, with the support and advice of their lawyers, to express their concerns, interests and goals regarding the resolution of their divorce. Instead of working on opposite sides, the lawyers work together to achieve the most beneficial settlement for their client.
Additionally, Collaborative Divorce allows the parties the benefit of working with additional professionals, such as mental health professionals who may function as a divorce coach for the parties or as a child specialist providing insight as to what your child is experiencing, as well as financial specialists to will assist in the economic aspects of the divorce. All of these professionals are also trained in the Collaborative process.
"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 almost 40 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 negotiation, 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