Collaborative Divorce, Separation, and Other Domestic Relations

At Clyde Snow, we focus on families in whatever form they may be, whether that be married couples with or without children, cohabiting parents with or without children, or blended families. Our team provides legal and dispute resolution services where relationships matter. We know getting good results means finding solutions that address the emotional, financial and practical needs of your family. Our focus is on you and the unique circumstances facing your family at a difficult time.

We take an innovative approach to working with our clients in family law and conflict resolution. We offer Flat Rates and comprehensive Resource Packages with built-in cost efficiencies from intake through to final resolution.

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Collaborative Divorce and Separation

In Collaborative Practice, you and your spouse/partner negotiate the settlement of your separation issues in a way that promotes respect, places your children first and focuses on meeting the unique needs of your family.

All of this is done without court.

Advantages of Collaborative Practice

  • Your lawyer guides and advises you through the entire negotiation
  • Family and financial professionals support the best and healthiest decision-making
  • Face-to-face meetings make negotiations direct and efficient
  • Your family’s needs are the focus
  • You control the decision-making
  • Open and respectful communication is encouraged
  • There is full disclosure of facts and information

Collaborative Practice is a cost-effective, solution-oriented approach to resolving conflict. In this process you will be supported by professionals with the right expertise to guide and inform you along the way, resulting in legally binding agreements that resolve all the issues facing your family after separation.

With the information and guidance you need, you are empowered to make sound, long-lasting decisions that will offer you and your family the best possible transition.

The collaborative process preserves your privacy and your dignity, while giving you the best possible chance of resolving disputes respectfully.

The Collaborative Team Approach

Each collaborative case has 2 lawyers, one for each spouse/partner. Your collaborative lawyer is a negotiation guide who will advise you on your legal rights and obligations, help you articulate what is important to you and your family, and provide support to achieve a settlement which meets your needs and makes the most sense to you and your family. This process can work even when spouses are “far apart” on solutions.

In addition to the case lawyers, Collaborative Practice can include other professionals to support the diverse needs of those involved:

Collaborative Family Professional can help you address the emotional aspects of your separation and supports both spouses/partners to participate in the collaborative negotiation in an emotionally healthy way.

The Collaborative Child Specialist brings your children’s needs and their voices to the collaborative negotiation. As a neutral professional with a focus on your children’s needs, the Child Specialist can help you achieve a parenting agreement that gives your children the best chance to thrive.

The Collaborative Financial Professional will help you gather and understand financial information and work with your collaborative lawyers to expand your financial options for resolution.