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Collaborative Divorce

A Different Way to Divorce

How the Collaborative Divorce Process Works

Collaborative Divorce is based on these principles:

  • A pledge not to go to court, and to reach an out-of-court resolution.
  • A complete and honest exchange of information by both parties.
  • Respectful communication.
  • A resolution that takes into account the highest priorities of both adults and their children.

Peace of Mind the Collaborative Way

Collaborative Divorce creates a safe space for couples to work through the divorce process together, as a team. A specially trained group of professionals “wrap their arms” around the family and establish a safe place to resolve conflict and minimize pain. Collaborative Divorce helps both parties gain insight and strength to ensure a brighter future for all involved.

Maintaining a respectful and cooperative environment. In Collaborative Divorce, your case is removed from the court system and is resolved through a series of team meetings. The goal is to create an agreement that works for both members of the couple. All the Collaborative professionals are trained to assure that the meetings are respectful and productive.

The Team Approach. One reason that Collaborative Divorce works so well is that it utilizes an interdisciplinary team approach. Your Collaborative team will include an attorney and a communication coach for each person, a neutral financial specialist and a neutral child specialist if appropriate, all trained in the Collaborative practice model. The Collaborative team draws upon the expertise of legal, financial, and mental health professionals, working together on your behalf to provide a healthy, congenial, intelligent approach to divorce and other civil matters.

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“I would highly recommend Emily De Falla for family law matters and collaborative practice divorce. Not only is she strong and outspoken when necessary, but she is also remarkably insightful and perceptive – two qualities which are particularly important during a collaborative practice divorce. Her communication was clear, calm and kind as she guided me through the complexities of the divorce process. You will be well-represented with Emily De Falla as your lawyer.”
– B.D.,  Orinda

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