Collaborative Divorce Lawyer Aids Michigan Clients

Established firm serving Saint Clair Shores and Rochester Hills helps divorcing spouses save time and money

Litigation is an adversarial process where existing conflicts can be heightened and disputes over procedural matters can impede progress toward a mutually agreeable resolution. Michigan residents who are looking for a different way to end their marriage have the ability to avoid lengthy court battles by choosing the collaborative divorce process. Located in Rochester Hills and St. Clair Shores, Shatzman & Shatzman explains each aspect of collaborative divorce to clients in Macomb and Oakland counties. When the parties agree that working together in this manner is the best way forward, we represent our clients as they team with their partner, their partner’s attorney and experts who provide valuable support in pursuit of appropriate terms relating to custody, child support, alimony and property division.  

Responsive attorney outlines the potential benefits of the collaborative law process

People going through a divorce might not be familiar with the collaborative process or might confuse it with other methods of resolving issues outside of court, such as mediation. Though each spouse has his or her own family lawyer during collaborative divorce proceedings, they are not characterized by arguments over which side’s argument has more merit, but a shared commitment to bridge gaps cooperatively. Our firm assists with each phase of the process, including:

  • Completing a contract — Using this method to construct a divorce settlement agreement requires commitment from everyone involved. To demonstrate that commitment, the parties and their attorneys sign a contract that governs how the discussions will occur and costs will be shared. In the event that collaborative divorce fails and the parties must resort to divorce litigation, each spouse will retain a different lawyer.
  • Sharing information — Spouses going through a collaborative divorce freely share what they know and operate based on the same set of facts instead of an adversarial structure where each side gathers its own information and works from its understanding of the facts.
  • Resolving disputes — Collaborative divorce is not just for situations where spouses are close on major issues and just need a little guidance to complete an uncontested dissolution. Using experienced family law attorneys helps both sides understand how the law applies to their situation and how a judge might rule on their conflict. With this knowledge, parties can gain a clear perspective on their dispute and pursue a reasonable compromise. 
  • Obtaining expert assistance — By bringing in experts who can assist with particular aspects of the divorce, such as child psychologists and accountants, spouses are able to make informed decisions on key matters.
  • Developing a divorce agreement — Once the parties have agreed to terms relating to parenting matters, the distribution of marital assets, spousal support provisions and any other relevant issues, we prepare an authoritative settlement agreement that should form the basis of the divorce order.

Achieving effective consensus through productive discussion not only saves the parties time and money, but also ensures that each side has a stake in the outcome and is responsible for its success over the coming years. Moreover, avoiding needless disputes over trial procedure and courtroom testimony designed to tear down your spouse’s arguments should put everyone in a more positive frame of mind.

Contact a proven Michigan lawyer for a free consultation about collaborative divorce

Shatzman & Shatzman represents Macomb and Oakland County clients in collaborative divorce proceedings and other family law matters. Please call 586-800-3018 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation at our Rochester Hills or St. Clair Shores location.