Certified Family Law Specialist and Fresno Divorce Attorney, Erin Childs, Explains What Collaborative Practice Is and How it Can Help Couples Have a Better Divorce

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Erin Childs, founder of Childs Law Office and Certified Family Law Specialist explains what collaborative practice is and how it is a better way for couples to divorce.

Erin Childs Certified Family Law Specialist*

"Collaborative practice isn’t only for married couples going through divorce. It can work with domestic partners, divorced couples dealing with post judgment issues, guardianships, as well as many civil issues."

Erin Childs, founder of Childs Law Office and Certified Family Law Specialist* has just released a free video that explains what collaborative practice is and how it is a better way for couples to divorce.

This short, user friendly video explains that collaborative practice is a process to resolve family law matters (divorce, custody, support, guardianships, grandparent rights, etc.) where both parties commit in writing to not take their case to court. It is sometimes referred to as “no-court divorce”.

Collaborative practice is a new way for couples to resolve disputes amicably and privately with the help of trained professionals so that they can avoid the nastiness of regular divorce litigation, protecting their children from the trauma of divorce, and preserve their privacy.

The video goes on to explain that during this process, each party will have a collaboratively-trained attorney and therapist, also known as a “divorce coach”. Couples may also use neutral financial advisors in the event there are businesses or large amounts of money to be handled as well as child specialists to be a voice for their children.

Childs explains that the process begins and ends with a series of office meetings consisting of each party, both collaborative attorneys and divorce coaches as well as any financial or child specialists. The process is completed when the parties reach a mutually-acceptable agreement that they have created. The parties drive the process and decide when they are both satisfied with the results.

In order for collaborative practice to work, each party must commit to being honest, respectful, and fair. They must disclose all information pertinent to the matter at hand and must be willing to negotiate with their spouse and come to a mutually acceptable settlement.

This alternative offers parties the support, protection, and guidance of their own lawyers without going to court. Additionally, collaborative divorce allows them the benefit of child and financial specialists, divorce coaches and other professionals all working together to help them solve their problems.

Childs states in her video that, "Collaborative practice isn’t only for married couples going through divorce. It can work with domestic partners, divorced couples dealing with post judgment issues, guardianships, as well as many civil issues."

This video is one of many short, simple, easy to understand, plain English explanations of different areas of the law. These free videos are meant to educate the public and can be seen on the Childs Law Office website at http://www.childslawoffice.com.

Childs Law Office has been providing legal advice, counsel and representation in family law throughout the California Central Valley. Owner and Attorney Erin Childs is a respected litigator and a Certified Family Law Specialist with the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization that practices in areas of divorce, collaborative law, child custody, child visitation, spousal support, guardianships, juvenile dependency, adoptions and complex property division issues. Childs Law Office’s mission is to educate, inform and enable you to make insightful decisions that protect your rights and interests. To see what Childs Law Office can do for you, visit childslawoffice.com.

*State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

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