Collaborative Law support Cape Cod

Steve Innis is a one of the area's only Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA).  This allows him to support lawyers who have adopted the practice of Collaborative Law, which is a relatively new approach at alternative dispute resolution. In a collaborative engagement, each spouse will hire their own attorneys, chosen from a more select list of qualified attorneys who have been trained in the collaborative function. Attorneys who gravitate toward collaborative law are ones who have successfully completed what we refer to as a “paradigm shift” in their mind. They typically see litigated divorce as unproductive and inefficient. These attorneys recognize that the old methods of approaching divorce don’t work.

In the collaborative process, the clients and their attorneys sign a contract that states that they will work together cooperatively (collaboratively) to create a negotiated divorce agreement FOR the parties. The contract stipulates that the parties will not litigate (take their discussion to the Court). One of the really interesting aspects of collaborative practice is the use of a so-called coach who will guide the divorcing parties and the lawyers through the process. Coaches are highly trained and skilled individuals whose background typically includes some level of experience in the mental health field.

As a CPA and a CDFA, Steven Innis' unique ability to provide insights and decisive action allow him the ability to take an important role as part of thecollaborative “team” as they provide the analysis and financial support for much of the framework of the agreements.  If you are currently going through a collaborative law or litigated divorce, Ivy Wall can help. Talk to your lawyer about our financial analysis services.