Many divorcing couples are able to discuss and resolve the issues in their divorce with less hostility and acrimony by agreeing to use the cooperative or collaborative divorce processes rather than a litigation process. For that reason, our Madison divorce attorneys at Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C. practice both Cooperative and Collaborative Divorce.
Cooperative Divorce is an efficient approach to divorce that emphasizes civility in an effort to minimize financial and emotional cost. Divorce does not have to be an adversarial, complex, and expensive process. Cooperative Divorce is an alternative to divorce litigation that emphasizes joint planning in an atmosphere that fosters civility and respect between parties and attorneys.
Unlike Collaborative Law, parties who engage in a Cooperative Divorce process may choose to litigate discovery disputes, temporary orders, and substantive issues if they are unable to reach agreements on those issues. Some parties prefer to preserve the option to litigate, while also committing to reach agreements they believe are in their family's best interests.
Parties who wish to participate in cooperative divorce agree to cooperate in:
If a party is not satisfied with the financial or other information disclosed, formal discovery may be initiated. If a party disagrees with the results of a joint appraisal or an expert opinion, he or she may hire an independent appraisal or expert.
Our attorneys have more than 42 years of combined experience and we have dedicated our practice to divorce and family law. We understand the issues that can arise in divorce and how to handle them. Cooperative Divorce provides the opportunity to negotiate in good faith and to reach a fair settlement without incurring the expense of going to trial. It permits parties to share the expense of appraisals and valuations where appropriate.
If you are interested in learning more, contact Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C. at (608) 765-1001 to make an appointment with an experienced Madison cooperative divorce lawyer to discuss your options.