Pittsburgh Collaborative Law Attorneys

Divorce is often portrayed as being highly combative and emotionally draining. However, many couples choose to use the collaborative divorce process in order to end their marriage without the animosity and the expense that a contested divorce can exact.

In collaborative divorce, the parties involved commit to reach agreement on critical matters such as child custody and visitation, property division and spousal support without litigating. If either party threatens to litigate, the process is halted and both attorneys must disassociate themselves from the case.

Each party still retains legal counsel for guidance and protection throughout the process. In fact, two attorneys at McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy — Mary K. McDonald, Esquire and Jennifer M. McEnroe, Esquire — have completed special training in collaborative law.

Mediation is similar to the collaborative divorce process in that it aims to resolve the critical components of divorce in a more cooperative and communicative setting. Attorneys at our firm can serve as neutral mediators or represent individuals who want to resolve matters through mediation.

Collaborative law is designed to increase the communication, cooperation and compromise that occur during negotiation, while minimizing or eliminating the combative environment that pervades a number of divorces. In addition to working with lawyers, couples that use the collaborative process may also use the services of other professionals who are trained in the collaborative process such as child psychologists, financial professionals and family counselors.

A Child-First Mentality

The collaborative process is suitable for any kind of divorce provided that both parties have the proper mindset and attitude. We have seen it work for couples with substantial and varied marital property as well as couples that have smaller marital estates; and it works for couples both with and without children.

Often, couples that are committed to maintaining a positive approach to parenting together after their divorce find the collaborative process beneficial, in part because both parties are able to retain more control over the look and feel of their post-divorce lives.

Meet With A Pittsburgh Collaborative Law Attorney

We welcome the opportunity to answer your questions regarding collaborative divorce or mediation. Contact us to schedule an appointment. We will review the facts of your case and recommend the best steps to take next.