Divorce is uncharted territory, leaving many couples surprised to learn that finalizing their divorce often takes just as long as planning a wedding. Just as with planning your wedding, you require a team of qualified professionals to help you achieve a mutually respectful separation. While you know you will need a tenured divorce attorney to navigate the legal process, if you choose a collaborative divorce, you will require an entire divorce team.
What Is A Professional Divorce Team?
A professional divorce team comprises trained and qualified professionals, whose goal is to assist you and your spouse to make informed decisions regarding your separation. You and your spouse’s life and finances are so intertwined that you may not be aware of how many factors must be considered. Working with a professional divorce team ensures you both take into consideration the short-term and long-term effects of your decisions. It will also alert you to many factors you are yet to consider.
Does Everyone Need A Professional Divorce Team?
A professional divorce team is required when you and your spouse choose to have a collaborative divorce. A collaborative divorce is a formal legal process that both parties agree to as an alternative to litigation. A participation agreement must be signed by both parties, which also disqualifies their respective lawyers from representing either party in future family law.
If you and your spouse are in conflict and prefer to go to court, you may still work with a team. However, the process will vary greatly because you and your spouse will likely have two independent teams, as opposed to one team working for both of you.
Who Is On A Divorce Team?
The members of your divorce team will vary dependent upon your needs:
You and your spouse will each have individual divorce attorneys.
You will work with a family therapist to help with communication and to resolve conflicts.
If you have children, you and your spouse may add a child advocate to your team.
Since your finances and assets are shared, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® will help you to consider the long-term impact of all financial decisions.
Linden Oak Wealth Partners is here to assist women in all transitions of life, including working as your dedicated CDFA during your divorce. We will work with you and your spouse to gather all required financial documents, as well as visualize the long-term outcomes of various settlement options.
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