Collaborative Divorce Can Lead To Positive Results

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 J. Braselton was among the first Illinois attorneys to be trained in the practice of collaborative law. Since 2001, she has completed scores of collaborative divorce cases, resulting in unique tailor-made settlements for her clients.

How Collaborative Divorce Works

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. Ms. Braselton was one of the first attorneys in Illinois to be trained in collaborative law and she has concluded hundreds of collaborative cases since incorporating that method into her practice in 2002. In a collaborative divorce, settlement — not trial — is the primary objective.

Getting a collaborative divorce in Illinois became standardized at the beginning of 2018, when Illinois adopted the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) and it became law. UCLA provides standards of behavior and training for all lawyers who offer this service to clients.

In the collaborative divorce process, both parties retain a collaboratively trained attorney 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 negotiation and keeps them invested in its success.

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. A successful collaborative process requires that both parties be honest, transparent and willing to compromise to reach an outcome that is fair to both parties and best for the children involved.

Contact The Law Firm of Debra J. Braselton, P.C.

If you are looking for a more cooperative environment in which to work out underlying divorce issues such as alimony, child support, allocation of parenting rights and responsibilities, and property division — and retain more control over the process and expenses — collaborative divorce is something to seriously consider.

We invite you to contact attorney Debra Braselton and schedule an initial consultation to discuss your family law matter. Call us at our office in Oakbrook Terrace at 630-DIVORCE or 630-261-1222. Please see our Initial Consultation page for further information. All contacts with our firm are kept strictly confidential.