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Collaborative Divorce:

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you handle collaborative divorce?
Yes. Spivak Law Firm is trained and certified to handle collaborative divorce cases. To schedule an appointment with a collaborative law attorney, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.

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What is collaborative divorce?
Collaborative divorce is a progressive alternative to traditional divorce. It is a voluntary dispute resolution process. Parties work with their attorneys to negotiate an agreement that resolves all matters related to the divorce, including: property division, spousal support, child custody, child support, and more. In a collaborative divorce, the spouses and attorneys work together to craft a legally binding agreement without going to court. For information about collaborative divorce, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.

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Why should I choose a collaborative divorce?
Collaborative divorce is known as “no-court divorce,” “peaceful divorce” and “divorce with dignity.” It is a non-adversarial process for handling divorce. Collaborative divorce tends to be cheaper, faster, less stressful, more private, and more humane than conventional divorce. For more information, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.

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What is the process for collaborative divorce?
Each spouse hires an attorney trained in collaborative law. The spouses and their attorneys then sign a pledge to work out an agreement without litigating in court. The spouses voluntarily disclose all relevant information and may engage other professionals such as a financial planner. Meetings are then held at one of the attorney’s offices to negotiate a settlement. After a few meetings and on their own schedule, the spouses file a legally binding divorce agreement with the court. To learn more about the collaborative divorce process, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.

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Is collaborative divorce really less expensive?
Yes, collaborative divorce is typically more cost-efficient than traditional divorce. In a collaborative law case, the spouses avoid court fees and share the costs of experts, such as financial advisers or mental health professionals. The spouses also save money by working with their attorneys to devise creative solutions rather than spend large sums of money on adversarial court hearings and trials. Studies show that people who choose collaborative law, on average, save $5,000-$10,000 over people who choose litigation. For more information, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.

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What if we can’t come to an agreement?
First, it is important to note that collaborative has a very high success rate. About 90 percent of collaborative divorce cases result in a mutual agreement devised by the spouses themselves with the advice of their attorneys. But in the rare cases whereby an agreement cannot be reached, the attorneys must withdraw from the case and the spouses may pursue a traditional divorce through the courts. To learn more about collaborative divorce, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.

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Is collaborative divorce better for children?
Collaborative divorce produces impressive psychological benefits to children. Studies show that children recover more quickly from the stress of a divorce when the parents use the collaborative process, which encourages cooperation, communication, and compromise. To learn more, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.

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Contact Our Pittsburgh Law Firm Today

To schedule an appointment, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390. Our Pittsburgh office is open during normal business hours, as well as evenings and weekends by appointment.

Spivak Law Firm routinely accepts cases in Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County.