Resolving Conflict with a Collaborative Divorce Attorney
Michael L. Bury is uniquely trained to represent you as a collaborative divorce attorney in Chico, CA. Handling your divorce outside the courtroom is generally a less expensive process and a viable solution for many couples. As a member of the Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Mr. Bury can help guide clients through the process. If you are considering a divorce but want an amicable process, contact our office today to learn more about collaborative divorce.
What is a Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative divorce is an alternative form of dispute resolution that utilizes a team approach. Often described as “divorce without courts,” collaborative divorce allows clients to settle their disputes without the mess and expense of traditional divorce litigation. This option focuses on what is best for the family as a whole, rather than focusing on the individual. The entire process is kept confidential until a final agreement is reached.
What can I Expect during the Collaborative Process?
A collaborative divorce takes a multidisciplinary approach to conflict resolution. Both parties must have a divorce coach to facilitate communication and independent representation by a trained collaborative attorney. Any specialists that need to be brought in must be agreed upon by both parties and must have collaborative divorce training. Some of these specialists may include:
- Children’s mental health professional to act as the voice of any children
- A forensic accountant or other financial specialist
- Vocational assessor
The collaborative group can make decisions a judge could not ordinarily make. You and your spouse can divide your assets as you see fit, rather than having them doled out by a judge. Child support and visitation rights can also be decided by the separating spouses during a collaborative divorce. This entire process helps build a cooperative environment for both parties, working toward mutually agreeable settlements.
A collaborative divorce takes a multidisciplinary approach to conflict resolution.
Benefits Over Traditional Divorce
There are numerous benefits of a collaborative divorce over traditional divorce litigation.
First and foremost, the entire process is far less expensive. As your attorney, Mr. Bury will prioritize you and your family’s interests over his own monetary gains. During traditional divorce, attorneys’ fees are often higher, and you have the added expense of court costs.
Collaborative divorces can take far less time to settle than a traditional divorce. When litigation is involved, the process can take a year or more to complete. With a collaborative divorce, the process takes only as long as you need it to.
Collaborative divorces are cooperative, not combative. This helps reduce the heavy emotional toll divorce litigation can have on everyone involved.
Work with a Collaborative Divorce Attorney
If you want to avoid the expense and mess that is often associated with divorce, you may want to consider hiring a collaborative divorce. Attorney Michael Bury has represented many clients in collaborative divorce proceedings, and he can help you and your spouse come to an amicable separation of assets. Call our office at (530) 343-7800 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation.
“The office staff was very pleasant. Michael is very calm and collected, you get the feeling that he is very much in control of the situation.” Satisfied Client