What Is Collaborative Divorce and How Does It Work in Colorado?

Price Family Law
Denver Family Law Attorney

We all make choices based on what we know and what we expect, and we make them with the very best of intentions. But what worked at one point in time is not guaranteed to work forever. This is true with most aspects of life; marriage is no exception.

When you and your spouse made the decision to marry, you likely did so believing it would last forever. But, that’s a long time, and both circumstances and people change. What seemed like the perfect relationship then may simply be unsustainable now. Sometimes, divorce really is the very best option.

Many people are under the mistaken belief that all divorce situations are combative. In fact, a significant proportion are quite the opposite.  When separations are amicable and the spouses are agreeable, pursuing a collaborative divorce in Colorado may be the best option for moving forward.

Collaborative Divorce in Colorado

Understanding Collaborative Divorce and Its Benefits

Just because you have decided to formally separate, this does not mean your relationship has turned hateful.  In fact, couples divorce for a broad range of reasons; many are able to work together to formally end their legal marriage.

In cases like this, collaborative divorce is an attractive option involving teamwork and mutual respect. The ultimate goal is to make decisions that work for the whole of the family without involving a judge or mediator.

Assuming you and your soon-to-be ex are able work with each other, a collaborative divorce can prove to be incredibly beneficial.

Understand why:  First, it is confidential. Divorce proceedings that involve litigation and courts are public; unfortunately, it is difficult – if not impossible – to maintain a sense of privacy. In the case of collaborative proceedings, all information stays between the spouses and their respective attorneys.

Additionally, because you and your spouse are working together, you can determine a process for your future that benefits you; there is significant flexibility. Let’s face it, nobody truly understands your relationship and family dynamic the way you and your spouse do. By joining forces, you maintain control of all final decisions.

Also, it is well known that collaborative divorces are beneficial for couples with children.  In addition to determining what is best for the family as a whole, children have the opportunity to see their parents working together to lay the foundation for a positive future, providing them comfort that all that they know is not ending.

Finally, collaborative proceedings allow the participants to control both the timing, which is incredibly valuable when children are involved, as well as costs (filings and court fees are eliminated). When two people can work together and develop a mutually agreed upon plan for the future, time as well as dollars are saved, both beneficial to the couple and their children.

How Collaborative Divorce Works in Colorado

Working with experienced collaborative divorce attorneys in Colorado is valuable. These knowledgeable professionals can guide you throughout the process, protecting your best interests, and helping to finalize a divorce that leaves all parties satisfied.

Your first course of action should be to identify and engage Colorado collaborative divorce attorneys who have an in-depth knowledge of the law and an outstanding reputation for client service. These professionals will spend time with you to better understand the current state of your relationship and family, as well as your hopes for the future.

You and your spouse (as well as your respective attorneys) will need to sign an agreement detailing your commitment to work together respectfully, disclose relevant information honestly, protect your children thoroughly, and create a document that expresses your agreement on all relevant issues. This document also commits both parties to maintain confidentiality throughout the process.

Your attorneys will also work with you to prepare you for all meetings.  This includes compiling all of the documents necessary to disclose financial information. Recognizing that finances can be complex, your attorney may be able to help with asset valuation and can always engage outside financial experts to assist when necessary.

Once this is complete, you will create a list of wants regarding the division of your assets and expenses, spousal support, child custody, and child support.

Together with your collaborative divorce attorneys, you and your spouse will meet to negotiate the terms of your divorce, coming to an amicable agreement that works for each of you as well as any children.  At this point a document can be drafted and a final divorce decree obtained.

Price Family Law Group Can Represent You in Your Collaborative Divorce

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The team at Price Family Law Group is well-versed in Colorado collaborative law and known for their compassionate approach to service. Dedicated to upholding their reputation for excellence, they approach each situation with a commitment to providing hands-on service and focusing on the specific details unique to each couple. No two marriages are alike, and neither are divorces.

Legal representation during collaborative divorce proceedings requires time, attention, and care.

For more than a decade, Trista Price and her team have been serving families in their community, providing them with the same level of service they would offer their own family members. They understand and appreciate the value of being able to pursue a collaborative divorce and are committed to protecting the best interests of clients throughout the proceedings.

If you and your spouse have a family or high net worth and have an amicable relationship and similar goals for the future, a collaborative divorce may be in your best interests.  Reach out to Price Family Law Group today at 720-615-1750 to learn how they can support you as you turn the page and begin a new chapter of your life.

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    Attorney Trista Price

    Trista McElhaney Price is a founding partner at Price Family Law, LLC. She specializes in high-asset divorce cases and legal matters involving complex business and financial issues as well as complex custody matters involving domestic violence, substance abuse issues, and mental health issues. Read Full Bio.