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Collaborative Divorce

Douglas County Collaborative Divorce Attorneys

Helping Families in Lone Tree, Castle Pines & Parker

Divorce can be a difficult and stressful process. However, it doesn’t have to be a contentious legal battle. In fact, there are alternative ways to get divorced that are less expensive and less emotionally draining than the traditional litigation process.

Our Douglas County collaborative divorce lawyers at Knies, Helland & McPherson Law can help you determine if collaborative divorce is the right option for you. We can also help you navigate the process and work towards a favorable outcome. We understand how difficult divorce can be, which is why we will provide you with the compassionate, personalized legal counsel you need and deserve.


For experienced and skilled legal representation, turn to our Douglas County collaborative divorce attorneys. Call us today at (719) 626-8530 or online.


What Is a Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial way to dissolve a marriage. It is a voluntary process that allows couples to work together to negotiate and resolve the terms of their divorce. The goal is for the couple to reach a mutually beneficial settlement agreement without going to court.

Each spouse in a collaborative divorce is represented by a lawyer who is trained in the collaborative law process. The spouses and their attorneys will meet together to discuss and negotiate the terms of the divorce. Other professionals may also be involved in the process, such as financial advisors, accountants, and child custody experts.

Some of the issues that can be resolved through a collaborative divorce include:

  • Property division
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Debt division

Once the spouses have reached an agreement on all of the terms of their divorce, the agreement will be put in writing and submitted to the court for approval. If the court approves the agreement, it will be incorporated into the divorce decree.

How Does a Collaborative Divorce Work?

The collaborative divorce process typically involves the following steps:

  • Initial meeting: The couple and their attorneys will meet to discuss the terms of the divorce and the collaborative law process. They will also sign a collaborative law participation agreement, which requires them to work together in good faith to reach an agreement. The agreement also states that if the couple is unable to reach an agreement and needs to go to court, they will need to hire different attorneys to represent them.
  • Information gathering: Each spouse will provide all relevant financial and other documents and information to the other spouse and their attorneys. This information will be used to help the couple negotiate the terms of their divorce.
  • Settlement negotiations: The couple and their attorneys will work together to negotiate a settlement. They will discuss the terms of the divorce and try to reach an agreement that is fair and equitable. If the couple needs additional assistance, they may bring in professionals to help them with the negotiations, such as financial advisors, accountants, and child custody experts.
  • Finalizing the agreement: Once the couple has reached an agreement on all of the terms of their divorce, the agreement will be put in writing and submitted to the court for approval. If the court approves the agreement, it will be incorporated into the divorce decree.

What Are the Benefits of Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative divorce offers several benefits over the traditional litigation process, including:

  • Less expensive: Collaborative divorce is generally less expensive than going to court. The couple will save money on legal fees and court costs. They will also save time because they will not have to wait for a court date.
  • More control: In a collaborative divorce, the couple has more control over the outcome of their case. They are not relying on a judge to make decisions for them. Instead, they are working together to negotiate a settlement that is fair and equitable.
  • Less stressful: Divorce is a stressful process. However, it can be less stressful when the couple is working together to resolve their issues. The couple is less likely to argue about the terms of their divorce because they are working together to find solutions that work for both of them.
  • Confidential: The collaborative divorce process is confidential. The couple will not have to air their dirty laundry in a public courtroom. Instead, they can discuss their issues in private and work towards a mutually beneficial settlement.

However, the collaborative divorce process may not be right for everyone. If you and your spouse cannot get along and cannot work together to resolve your issues, then collaborative divorce may not be the best option for you. In that case, you may be better off going to court and letting a judge decide the terms of your divorce.

What Is the Cost of a Collaborative Divorce?

The cost of a collaborative divorce will depend on several factors, such as the complexity of the issues, the number of professionals involved, and the number of issues that need to be resolved. However, generally speaking, a collaborative divorce will be less expensive than going to court.

In a collaborative divorce, the couple is working together to resolve their issues. They are not relying on a judge to make decisions for them. As a result, the couple can save money on legal fees and court costs. They can also save time because they will not have to wait for a court date.

How Our Douglas County Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Can Help

Our Douglas County collaborative divorce attorneys can help you navigate the process and work toward a favorable outcome. We can help you understand your rights and options and provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions. We can also help you negotiate a settlement that is fair and equitable.

At Knies, Helland & McPherson Law, we understand how difficult divorce can be. We also understand that every divorce is unique. That is why we will provide you with the personalized legal services you need and deserve. We will take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and address your issues and develop a legal strategy that is tailored to your specific needs.

Contact Our Douglas County Collaborative Divorce Attorneys Today

Our Douglas County collaborative divorce lawyers at Knies, Helland & McPherson Law can help you navigate the process and work towards a favorable outcome. We understand how difficult divorce can be, which is why we will provide you with the compassionate, personalized legal counsel you need and deserve.


Our Douglas County collaborative divorce attorneys are available for consultations by calling (719) 626-8530 or you can reach out using our online contact form.


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    The partners and attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson are seasoned litigators with decades of combined courtroom experience. We help clients transition into the next phase of their life. 

  • Clients Come First
    Our Attorneys believe you can part ways with a loved one with dignity and respect, without harming your children. They also believe divorce and mediation can be much less confrontational and toxic, and far less expensive.
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    When you work with our team, you will get a customized plan that best fits your unique situation. No two cases are the same and our attorneys understand this.
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    As Mothers and friends, our approach is unique in that we work collectively as a team. Our firm's number one priority is the success of our clients. We strongly believe that the best outcomes come about when we collaborate.
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