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What is Collaborative Divorce & Family Law in Missouri?  

Collaborative practice is a unique process for couples where each party hires a trained attorney to assist them in reaching an out-of-court agreement that meets the needs and interests of the entire family. The parties and their collaborative attorneys commit and pledge to resolve the issues privately and confidentially and without a pending court case. This is achieved by everyone agreeing to work together respectfully, transparently, and in good faith to find mutually acceptable resolutions that addresses the needs and interests of everyone in the family. If a settlement is reached, the settlement paperwork is then presented to the court on an uncontested basis. In many instances, the parties can submit their paperwork to the court by affidavit without an appearance.

What are some benefits of a Missouri Collaborative Divorce & Family Law?  

Divorce and family law legal matters do not have to be acrimonious court battles where one party feels like the winner and the other party feels like the loser. An alternative to traditional divorce litigation is collaborative divorce. This is a method of alternative dispute resolution through the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. There are many potential benefits of collaborative divorce, including the ability to help control and reach an agreement on your most important issues.

Nationwide, many couples are increasingly considering collaborative divorce when they are divorcing. We believe that the collaborative process should be utilized more often in Missouri in divorce and family law matters. In collaborative divorce, each spouse hires a trained collaborative lawyer. Spouses engage in sessions with their lawyers and talk through matters. Often, they bring in additional professionals who can lend their perspectives. These include divorce coaches, financial neutrals and/or psychologists.

These professionals can be important because while most parties would prefer to settle their divorce or family law matter, the devil is always in the details. Parties have to agree on one-hundred percent of everything to settle their case. Many parties find a settlement on all issues difficult. This is a huge benefit to collaborative practice. Collaborative law is designed to help parties reach an agreement where an agreement might not otherwise appear possible.

Five Potential Benefits of Missouri Collaborative Divorce & Family Law

  1. You generally have more control over the outcome of your matter versus putting it in the hands of a judge. You can express your positions and interests. The final decision of your future and your children’s future depends upon you, not the family court.
  2. There is often less stress and worry because you are playing a more direct role in the divorce, you are informed and apart of the outcome.
  3. You can negotiate and agree on settlement terms that are based on win-win solutions and compromise instead of having a judge make the final decisions that affects your families’ lives forever.
  4. The process can protect the kids more. Children often feel caught in the middle of the divorce process, which can make them unintended victims as a result. The collaborative law process helps insulate children from this very real threat.
  5. Problem Solving is Focus. Issues are looked at from a problem solving perspective rather than an acrimonious one. The parties are viewed as participating in the process as a team. Exchange of information is transparent, by agreement and with the best of intentions.

Why consider hiring a Collaborative Divorce and Family Law Professional (Collaborative Lawyers, Finance and Mental Health Professionals) in Missouri in St. Louis and beyond: 

  • They help ensure the needs of children first and above all else.
  • They may avoid going to court if a settlement is reached.
  • They keep control of the process with the individuals versus worrying about a court docket.
  • They provide an opportunity for open communication.
  • They use a problem-solving approach where win-win solutions are sought.
  • They identify and address interests and concerns the parties may have.
  • They assist in ensuring you and your children can move on with your lives in the best manner possible.

To learn more about the members of the MCI, call us at 855-595-6679, contact us online or click here.  We have collaborative attorneys, mental health and finance professionals who can help with your case in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area in St. Louis County, Saint Louis City, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, Franklin County and Lincoln County. We can also assist in Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield and beyond.