Collaborative Divorce
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Collaborative Divorce

For many divorcing couples, contested legal proceedings are traumatic and can greatly exacerbate the heartache of their loss. Because the justice system is adversarial, it encourages conflict and may incite anger. The results are unpredictable and costly, placing the most important decisions about your family’s future into the hands of a stranger.  Legal battles leave parents with little ability to co-parent cooperatively after they divorce. For the couple that wants to begin the healing process when they separate and divorce, the collaborative divorce is a viable option. Attorney Diana Bangert-Drowns has been trained in the collaborative process and is a member of the Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District (CDACD) and the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).  The CDACD practice group is committed to providing the team support that you deserve to reach the best possible outcome, without the destructive animosity that can often result from a courtroom battle.

A cooperative process

The Collaborative Process allows couples to work through a non-confrontational, non-adversarial process to reach the best result for themselves and their children. In the Collaborative Process, each spouse is represented by an attorney. A neutral facilitator or family professional assists the attorneys and clients as they work together to reach the best arrangement for the future. The couple agrees not to go to court while they collaborate. Mental health professionals and financial advisers are involved when needed. The couple addresses the same issues that they would in a traditional divorce setting, but the solutions are created by the couple, and not by a judge. The process is confidential and private. Family finances and relationships are not discussed in open court.

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The potential benefits

The advantages of collaborative divorce are many:

  • Additional privacy – Since the agreement is worked out in private rather than in court, personal information is held in confidence and  the public has no access to your dispute.
  • Time savings – The collaborative process can go more quickly than one that involves scheduled court appearances and formal discovery.
  • Cost savings – Attorney fees are lower because of the reduced time factor.
  • Less emotional turmoil – The process of working with your former spouse in a cooperative manner means less stress and animosity in the future.
  • No court proceedings – You and your attorneys are committed to resolve all issues outside of court, where you control the process.
  • Honesty, Dignity and Respect – these are the principles that guide the collaborative process.

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Contact a reliable New York collaborative divorce attorney

If you believe the collaborative divorce process could work for you, call Diana K. Bangert-Drowns at 518-432-1243 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We’ll give you all the information you need to move forward to a more hopeful future.


Data shows that approximately one-half of first marriages end in divorce. The statistics are even more daunting for second and third marriages, with up to three quarters of those marriages failing. Though many divorces are bitter and destructive, it is possible to end a marriage with dignity, and where there are children, to restructure the family in a way that is best for everyone.