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If you are searching for collaborative divorce lawyers in Arizona, Moshier Law can help! Formally trained in the collaborative process, Moshier Law can help with divorce mediation and collaborative divorce in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding cities
What Is Collaborative Divorce In Arizona?
Known also as collaborative law, collaborative divorce is a legal process that allows a couple who have made the decision to terminate their marriage in a collaborative manner with a team of family law professionals with the purpose of achieving a settlements that meet the needs of both parties and their children with the need or the threat of litigation.
When the couple signs a voluntary contract called a “Collaborative Commitment Agreement” binding each other to the process and disqualifying their respective lawyers tight to represent either party in any future family-related litigation should either one of the parties were ever to decide to go back to court. 
The average cost of a collaborative divorce in Arizona is $37,500 . But the Moshier Law has handled many collaborations for far less than $10,000 in legal fees per spouse. Obviously, this is far cheaper than the tens of thousands of dollars others end up spending when litigation is contested in a court of law.
Collaborative Divorce In Phoenix & Scottsdale
Experiencing a divorce is near easy. It usually involves a myriad of legal actions and plenty of involvement from an attorney as well as the large fees that come with divorces. There is now a new divorce rule in Arizona (Rule 67.1) is now in place to help parties settle marital disagreements out of court.
In other words, a collaborative divorce, a couple seeking divorce wants to come to agreements outside of the courtroom, but generally, have different views on various issues involving custody and finances. This way couples can avoid being overwhelmed by litigation and fees.
Collaborative divorces in Phoenix & Scottsdale can be completed two to three times faster than conventional litigation in a courthouse, meaning you could be divorced in as little as 60 to 90 days, and you each save thousands of litigation dollars. Collaborative divorces generally cost 50% to 75% less than traditionally litigated divorces in court.
In a collaborative divorce, couples mediate and mutually negotiate to come to an agreement with the assistance of collaboratively trained professionals. For this to work, both parties need to be willing to mutually agree to divert the case to the collaborative process. Collaborative divorce allows you to save time/money and come to an agreement that works for both parties. If you need a collaborative divorce lawyer in Scottsdale or Phoenix? Look no further than Moshier Law.
How The Collaborative Divorce Process Works
- Each party hires an attorney, typically trained in collaborative law
- You individually consult your attorney to explain what you want and your goals
- The parties and both collaboratively trained lawyers all sign the Collaborative Commitment Agreement (“CCA”), usually at the first “kickoff” session. All sessions are hosted in one of the lawyers’ private offices. You never have to set foot in a courtroom.
- You and your attorney set up recurring group meetings with your spouse and their attorney.
- If needed, third-party experts will be invited in to help you reach an agreement. This would often include a “communication specialist” “financially neutral” or “child specialist” depending on the types of disagreements you are facing.
- The group sessions continue. Usually, most cases wrap up by the 3rd or 4thsession. Couples rarely find themselves collaborating into a 5th or 6th session.
- Once collaboration has been completed, your attorneys will file your final legal papers and settlement agreement with the Court. Then, the judge formally signs off and you are divorced. You will have never seen the inside of a courtroom, nor will the public have access to any of your collaborative details, which remain 100% confidential.
For more information, dozens of videos and commentary about the emerging collaborative divorce process in Arizona, go to www.bestlegalchoices.com.
Benefits Of Collaborative Divorce
Here are the benefits of choosing collaborative divorce vs. conventional litigated divorce including:
- Peaceful Divorce: Sometimes wounds never heal from a traditional divorce. Collaborative divorce is usually a more peaceful solution avoiding explosive situations for everyone involved.
- Lower Cost of Divorce: The price for a collaborative divorce can be around 50% less than a traditional divorce. 
- Faster Divorce Process: A drawn-out divorce can be terrible. Not subject to the schedules of lawyers or judges, most collaborations conclude within 120 days of initiation.
- Your Own Solutions: You and your spouse will be able to work on truly tailored solutions for you and your family. Surely it is better to work with your spouse and a team of collaboratively trained professionals than having a judge make those decisions for you?
Collaborative Divorce vs. Traditional Divorce
Here are the differences between traditional divorce and collaborative divorce.
- Traditional Divorce. Traditional divorce involves a legal process where one spouse brings a lawsuit against the other. Traditional divorce is usually painful and lengthy. When things do not go well it can make it impossible for parents to communicate about the future of their children.
- Collaborative Divorce. Collaborative divorce is a humane way to bring about the termination of a marriage. Collaborative divorce in private conferences and not in a court and represents a crafted agreement between both parties. It is a more affordable, more comfortable, and more equitable form of divorce vs. traditional divorce. Collaboration is far more predictable on final results when compared to the roulette table equivalent of “going to court” where somebody will win, and somebody will certainly lose.
Collaborative Divorce Advantages
- A customized process compared to traditional divorce;
- Costs significantly less than traditional divorce;
- A greater level of privacy of your financial and personal affairs;
- More flexibility and creative solution opportunities than traditional divorce litigation;
- More control over timing – you conduct your sessions on your time table, not the courts;
- More support than traditional divorce;
- Far less collateral damage to the future co-parenting relationship and the lives of the children;
- Collaboration demonstrably reduces post-divorce litigation. 
Collaborative Divorce Disadvantages
- Married couple have to be prepared to work together to make it work;
- Requires more compromising than traditional divorce;
- Can be a hardship for less wealthy couples;
- May have to recommence if spouses are unable to agree, if you do end up in court, you lose your collaborative lawyer.
As per Best Legal Choices, “When you want to be fair and to end your marriage with respect, this provides perhaps the best way to do so. A collaborative divorce can help you move forward on a good note and work out your differences together. Even though the marriage did not work, you don’t have to fight at the end.” 
A divorce mediator is a neutral third-party that attempts to facilitate legal negotiations between spouses who are ending their marriage and getting divorced. A divorce mediator can help if you are both unable to come to an agreement. Learn more about how to find a good divorce mediator in Arizona. You will never have to set foot in a courtroom and still can help to control the process. Our divorce mediation process is affordable, simple and private. Our experienced divorce mediators will guide you the whole way through from the outset to the conclusion.
- Handle divorce away from the court;
- Help with making and drafting agreements;
- The divorce mediation process is simple;
- Our divorce mediators are there for you every step of the way.
Skipping Mediation may be a better alternative if you and your spouse are unable to reach an agreement.
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Collaborative Divorce Lawyer Consultations in Phoenix & Scottsdale
Moshier Law should be your first choice for when you need the best collaborative divorce lawyers in Scottsdale, or Phoenix, Arizona. An experienced family law attorney will work with you to obtain the best possible outcome in your situation. We advocate for our clients so they have the brightest future possible. Give us a call today at 480-999-0800 for a free consultation.
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