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Collaborative Law Attorney

Going through a divorce is a life-changing event and the process can often become highly contentious. For couples looking to minimize the tension, emotion and grief typically associated with ending a marriage, however, there is a relatively new approach known as collaborative law. The firm of Howard B. Leff, P.C. routinely helps clients in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the five boroughs of Manhattan pursue a divorce by using this process.

The Basics of Collaborative Law Divorce

There are three fundamental principles governing collaborative law:

  • The avoidance of litigation and judicial intervention
  • A good faith exchange of material and relevant evidence without formal discovery (the exchange of financial information)
  • A promise by both parties to only engage in communications that advance the highest priorities of the divorce

A Collaborative Law divorce involves the typical considerations of ending a marriage, including the division of property, spousal maintenance, and child custody and support. Both spouses and both attorneys must agree in writing that they will not litigate the divorce and will negotiate a settlement instead; however, Collaborative Law does not preclude them from taking the case to court.

If the parties are unable to arrive at an agreement and require court intervention, each must find replacement counsel. In addition, if either party is found to be concealing assets, lying about material information or otherwise acting in bad faith, the attorneys may also withdraw from the proceeding.

An Interdisciplinary Approach

A Collaborative Law divorce provides the parties with an alternative to handling the legal, economic, and emotional consequences of ending a marriage.  By relying on an interdisciplinary team approach where other professionals, including psychologists, child specialists, accountants and other financial experts collaborate with the attorneys, the parties have the opportunity to settle differences fairly, honestly and expediently. As a certified Collaborative Law attorney, Mr. Leff can help you maintain control of the decisions during this transition.

Pursuing a divorce through the Collaborative Law process can protect the children from the harm that often results from parental conflict and preserve as much family unity and harmony as possible.

For those wishing to remain friends with their ex-spouse, this process can minimize the confrontational nature of a traditional divorce, thereby allowing the family to proceed with dignity and respect. Finally, this approach is less costly than a traditional divorce and avoids unnecessary time spent in court hearings and trials.

 If you have questions about Collaborative Law divorce in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the five boroughs of Manhattan, call our office for a free evaluation of your case at (516) 739-7500.


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