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Collaborative Divorce

A New York collaborative divorce is essentially a no-court divorce that allows you to have more control over your divorce and your future.  It can help to minimize the trauma and stress that you and your family may experience during the divorce process.

A family-focused collaborative divorce is free of the lengthy, contentious court battles that can disrupt family dynamics and damage relationships.  Our attorneys and a team of collaborative professionals can guide you through a more amicable divorce process through a collaborative divorce.

The Collaborative Divorce Process in New York

A collaborative divorce in New York is virtually court-free.  Often, most collaborative divorce matters are resolved on written submissions only, meaning that neither party would need to physically appear in court.  A collaborative divorce will focus on two main priorities:

  • Your child’s well-being:  if you have children, issues of child custody, child support, and parenting time will be determined.
  • Your financial security:  a collaborative divorce ensures fair distribution of marital property, provides information about protecting your assets, and establishes spousal support.

Is Collaborative Divorce Right for You?

A collaborative divorce works best under certain situations and circumstances.  Listed below are a few indicators that a collaborative divorce might be the right choice for you and your spouse:

  • You both agree and accept that the marriage is at an end.
  • There is no issue of abuse or intimidation in the relationship.
  • You want your child(ren) to maintain a strong and healthy relationship with both you and your spouse.
  • You believe that you and your spouse will be able to compromise in some aspects of the divorce.

Experienced Help Throughout the Process

Collaborative divorce utilizes a team approach to resolving issues in your divorce.  In addition to your respective divorce attorneys, you will work with a team of collaborative professionals who are specifically trained to help you achieve the best solutions.  Some of these specialists are considered neutral, so you and your spouse can share experts, saving money in the process.  Your collaborative divorce team may consist of:

  • A Child Specialist:  if you have a child(ren), a child specialist ensures that your child(ren)’s needs and fears are addressed, and that they are given a strong voice throughout the divorce process.
  • A Financial Specialist:  navigating finances as part of a divorce can be challenging.  A financial specialist will explain to you, in easy-to-understand terms, what your current financial situation is and what options are available to you for your future.
  • A Divorce Coach:  divorce can be an emotional experience.  A divorce coach helps you to navigate the difficult emotional issues and helps you stay focused and committed to the goal of an amicable divorce solution.

Contact Us

While we know that a collaborative divorce can’t eliminate the pain associated with the dissolution of a marriage, the divorce attorneys at Donnellan Law, PLLC, want to help you achieve a peaceful and successful resolution to your divorce issues. Call our office at 518-602-3820 or use our online contact form to make an appointment with our lawyers.