Collaborative law is designed specifically for couples who are looking for an informative, inexpensive and less stressful alternative to divorce litigation — an outcome that gives you, not a judge, control over your future, sets a tone of cooperation and minimizes the negative impact of divorce on your children.
Debra Braselton was among the first Illinois attorneys to be trained in the practice of collaborative law. Since 2001, she has successfully completed scores of collaborative divorce cases, resulting in unique tailor-made settlements for her clients.
Collaborative divorce gives you the opportunity to settle your divorce without the oversight of the court. Unlike divorce litigation, collaborative divorce allows you to negotiate in a structured, nonadversarial environment with skilled legal counsel actively assisting you. Debra Braselton is specifically trained in collaborative law. Settlement — not trial — is her primary objective.
In the collaborative divorce process, both parties retain legal representation to assist in negotiating agreements. If the negotiation breaks down and the parties shift to a contested divorce, the lawyers who represented them in the failed collaborative divorce process cannot represent them in the contested divorce. This builds in an incentive for all parties involved to bring a cooperative spirit to the negotiations.
Some advantages of collaborative divorce include:
- A cooperative environment conducive to an amicable settlement
- A candid exchange of ideas and opinions
- Preservation of the integrity of family relationships
- A team approach in which the family is actively involved in the process
- Reduced costs
Collaborative divorce is appropriate if you wish to have an active role in negotiating your own settlement while receiving Ms. Braselton's sound advice. For example, you and your spouse can agree, with advice of separate counsel, on which experts to hire in order to decide any disputed issues. The costs of hiring these experts are shared by the parties rather than duplicated.
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If you are looking for a more cooperative environment in which to work out underlying divorce issues such as alimony, child support, custody and visitation, and property division — and retain more control over the process and expenses — collaborative divorce is something to seriously consider.
We invite you to contact our DuPage County collaborative divorce attorney Debra Braselton and schedule an initial consultation to discuss your family law matter. Call us toll free: 800-569-5371. Please see our Initial Consultation page for further information. All contacts with our firm are kept strictly confidential.