Collaborative divorce is a means of coming to decisions to end your marriage or to resolve even those issues that might come up after marriage on a post-decree basis outside of court. So you would be engaged in a process that involves meetings of the collaborative team to assist you through those decisions and that would not take place in court. That would take place through conferences with your attorney and conferences with the coach and conferences with the financial neutrals as well as team meetings where the actual decision making would take place. That would all take place privately. The judge would not be present. When the decisions have been made by you based on your interests coupled with the information that’s provided by the team, the legal information provided by the attorneys, the parenting, and communications information provided by the coach and the financial information provided by the financial neutral. Once you’ve made those decisions then if it’s a termination of marriage there would be a short hearing to basically approve the documents that the attorneys have drawn up and filed with the court that reflect your agreements.
That would be a short hearing. Typically we use a private judge who will preside over that final hearing. It will be short and sweet and conducted in the privacy of one of the attorney’s offices. Even if the post-decree matter, the agreements would be drafted up into the legal documents necessary to make those binding orders of the court, but in our particular jurisdiction it would not be necessary for the parties to then necessarily appear in court in order for the judge to approve those. Those post-decree matters if agreed in full by the parties and drafted into the appropriate legal documents can generally be accomplished without the parties having to go to court at all.
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