What Is Collaborative Divorce?

The decision to divorce is always a difficult one. There are several paths that you can take and collaborative divorce is one of them. The goal of collaborative divorce is to come to a mutually acceptable, negotiated settlement between two parties without the threat of going to court. In this practice, each of the parties retain their own collaborative attorney who will gather information, provide education on rights, responsibilities and options, and negotiate on their behalf. At Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, we’ll always provide our clients with personal attention throughout every step of the process to ensure that the best possible outcome can be achieved.

Our Approach to Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative practice is a new option for divorcing couples to resolve disputes respectfully
without going to court. It promotes consideration and places the needs of children first and
retains control of the process with the parties. At the center of collaborative practice are the needs of the entire family, especially the children's. With collaborative practice, conflict is kept to a minimum so all family members can move on positively with their lives.

Collaborative practice is a good choice when each party prefers to have his or her own independent attorney guide them through the legal process. At Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, we will always do our best to advocate for you in order to obtain the most amicable outcome possible in such a difficult situation. Contact our law firm for more information.

How Collaborative Divorce Works

In collaborative practice, each spouse retains his or her own attorney and the team of four work together in a cooperative series of four-way team meetings that are non-adversarial. The team has as a goal of meeting the mutual interest of a fair and equitable settlement, which addresses the interests and concerns of both parties, as well as their children. If the participants ultimately are unable to agree, the collaborative divorce attorneys withdraw and litigation attorneys can be retained to take the matter to court. At the start of the collaborative process, all parties must sign a contract stating that they will withdraw from the process if they decide to go to court. If you’re thinking of a collaborative divorce, reach out to our attorneys who are familiar with the complicated and nuanced ways that the process works.

FAQs About Collaborative Divorce

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100+ Years Collective Experience

Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, was co-founded by John J. Gilligan, who has been practicing family law in Long Beach since 1981. Janine M. Frisco is also a partner, as is Kristin Trutanich. Together, they are the area’s most comprehensive legal stronghold.

GFT has helped individuals and their families surmount their legal difficulties for the past several decades. We are proud to serve Southern California, and have the dedication and experience required to handle every type of issue.

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Our experienced team of professionals will guide you through life’s murkiest waters. At Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, we have the resources needed to represent clients in all aspects of family and criminal law.

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