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Collaborative Separation and Divorce

Collaborative law is an innovative, cooperative process that is quickly becoming the method of choice for families negotiating the precarious world of divorce – even those involving complex financial and business affairs. The primary goal of collaborative divorce is to alleviate the economic, social and emotional strain that often accompanies adversarial divorce litigation.

In a collaborative divorce, the participants agree that it’s in their family’s best interests to resolve the issues accompanying the dissolution of a marriage through mediation and settlement, rather than through argument and litigation.

Collaborative Divorce is based on the following principles:

  • a commitment to respecting the priorities of both spouses and their children
  • a pledge by each party not to litigate
  • the voluntary and free exchange of information

James, McElroy & Diehl upholds these principles with the utmost integrity, helping our clients  – and all parties involved – achieve a more pleasant experience and positive outcome. Our family lawyers have a thorough knowledge of the requirements associated with the collaborative law process. We’ve helped many clients build divorce settlements on foundations of respect rather than disagreement, enabling them to continue peaceful relationships after the conflict has been resolved.

In the event that family-owned businesses and complex investments further challenge matters, James, McElroy & Diehl relies on its network of financial experts and process coaches to help us effectively handle even the most sophisticated financial nuances.