Collaborative Practice is an out-of-court process for resolving a divorce while having your own attorney. Based on the fundamental premise of mutual respect and full disclosure, you, your attorney, your spouse and your spouse’s attorney will work with a coach to guide you through the process of negotiating a mutually acceptable settlement without having the court decide your issues. Below are two links about Collaborative Law that will provide you with additional information as well as a list of attorneys that are qualified as Collaborative Attorneys. Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC) International Academy of Collaborative Practice (IACP)
Mediation is another method utilized to come to an agreement in the divorce process. A professional mediator works with the parties in structuring an equitable settlement. The mediator is an independent and impartial facilitator who is actively engaged in problem solving. The focus is on common goals and working to reach an agreement that is acceptable to both parties. We at Ryan Faenza Cataldo,LLC are skilled mediators, who can also be involved as attorneys to a party during a mediation. (See next section for additional information.)
Arbitration or conciliation can also be used in divorce. A neutral party, the arbitrator or conciliator acts much like a judge in a divorce proceeding. She may work in a formal or informal process to help settle or decide the issues in your divorce case. Arbitration is often more like a traditional divorce in the private arena with less rigid time constraints, and oftentimes a faster process.