Collaborative Law

PictureA growing trend in family law, collaborative divorce enables couples to work through a non-confrontational, non-adversarial process to reach the best result for themselves and their children. Chicago attorney Reuben A. Bernick helps clients achieve lasting and amicable settlements through the collaborative process. He is ready to help you dissolve your marriage in a manner that will save time, stress and expense.

A cooperative process
In collaborative divorce, each spouse hires an attorney, and the four work together to reach the best arrangement for the future. They address all of the same concerns as those discussed during a traditional divorce, including:

  • Child custody and visitation rights
  • Child support
  • Asset distribution
  • Marital debt division
  • Sale or possession of the marital home
  • Spousal support and temporary support

However, rather than resolving conflicts in court, the couple and their respective attorneys privately work in a manner that reduces stress and anxiety, moving quickly toward resolution.

The potential benefits
The advantages of collaborative divorce are many:

  • Additional privacy — Because the agreement is worked out in private rather than in court, personal information is held in confidence, and there is much less of a public record.
  • Time savings — The collaborative process goes much more quickly than one that involves scheduled court appearances and formal discovery.
  • Cost savings — Attorney fees are lower because of the reduced time factor.
  • Less emotional turmoil — The act of dealing with your former spouse in a cooperative manner means that you do not face as much stress.

Not for everyone
For collaborative divorce to succeed, an atmosphere of trust must be created. This is not possible in marriages where there has been domestic violence or emotional abuse. If the collaborative process doesn’t work for you, then you can easily transition to a traditional divorce. You and your spouse will hire new attorneys, so none of the private matters that were discussed in the collaborative meetings can be used in the adversarial process.

Contact a reliable Chicago collaborative divorce attorney
If you believe that the collaborative divorce process could work for you, call Attorney Bernick at
312-236-7091 or contact him online today to schedule a consultation. He will give you all of the information you need to move forward to a more hopeful future.