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Cooperative Divorce Attorneys In Oakland County

Helping Clients With Cooperative Divorce in Michigan

Collaborative law is an ideal choice when trust is high and the parties are able to communicate successfully. There are times, however, when the parties just cannot agree on certain issues and court may become necessary.

In such cases, many clients are often "bonded" to their lawyers in a relationship of trust and do not want to lose them and start all over. They are also fearful of the increased cost of starting from scratch with someone else.

For these situations, cooperative divorce may be the solution. Cooperative divorce was founded by a group of lawyers in Wisconsin. It is a principles-based and settlement-based process of handling divorce which leaves open the possibility of litigation if absolutely necessary.

Essentially, it offers all the benefits of collaborative law, such as:

  • Sets a framework for settlement
  • Reassures clients that attorneys will try to settle the case
  • Minimizes inefficiency and unnecessary costs
  • Promotes cooperative coparenting
  • Fosters civility and respect

Both parties and attorneys commit in good faith to do the following:

  • Cooperate by acting civilly at all times and by responding promptly to all reasonable requests for information from the other party
  • Cooperate by fully disclosing all relevant financial information
  • Cooperate by obtaining joint appraisals and/or other expert opinions before obtaining individual appraisals or expert opinions
  • Cooperate by obtaining meaningful expert input (e.g., a child specialist) before requesting a custody study or the appointment of a guardian ad litem
  • Cooperate in good faith negotiation sessions, including 4-way sessions where appropriate, to reach fair compromises based on valid information
  • Cooperate by conducting themselves at all times in a respectful, civil, and professional manner

The fact that lawyers begin with this proactive and positive mindset may bridge the gap for those clients who want the benefits of collaborative, but just can't bear to give up the option of going to court with their lawyer if needed.

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We can help you determine if collaborative divorce is right for you, and can represent you throughout the progression of your case. Starting with a free consultation, we will provide you with valuable guidance at every step.

Call (248) 773-3317 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I Retain My Attorney If My Cooperative DivorceĀ in Oakland County Goes to Court?

Yes, one of the unique aspects of cooperative divorce in Oakland County is that you can retain your attorney even if the case goes to court. Unlike collaborative divorce, where attorneys withdraw from the case if it proceeds to litigation, cooperative divorce allows you to maintain the relationship of trust with your attorney throughout the entire process, including any necessary court appearances. This provides continuity and reassurance for clients who value the established relationship with their legal counsel.

What Steps Should I Take to Initiate a Cooperative Divorce in Michigan?

To initiate a cooperative divorce in Michigan, you should first consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable about the cooperative divorce process. During your free consultation, our team can help you understand if this approach is suitable for your situation. Our team can guide you through each step, from the first consultation to respectful negotiation sessions, to reach a settlement.

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