Minneapolis Collaborative Divorce Lawyer

Divorce And Family Law Services For The Twin Cities Metro Area

We have all heard stories about ugly, expensive divorces that leave the spouses fighting for years. At Dove Fretland, PLLP, we can help you avoid the turmoil and expense of emotional divorce litigation.

From our offices in St. Louis Park, our lawyers represent clients throughout the Twin Cities seven-county metro area. Senior partner Paul Dove has been listed in Who's Who in America. Senior partner Laura Fretland and Attorney Lori McLaughlin have each received recognition as Minnesota Super Lawyers in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. In addition, a number of our attorneys have received Martindale-Hubbell's highest AV Preeminent* peer review rating.

Call us at 952-479-4376 to arrange an initial consultation with one of our experienced Minneapolis collaborative divorce attorneys. You may also use our convenient email contact form to describe your circumstances. We will reply as quickly as possible to arrange an initial case evaluation. We cannot give legal advice over the telephone.

What Is Collaborative Divorce All About?

Collaborative divorce was developed as an alternative to the highly confrontational, conventional divorce. It is a relatively new option for divorcing couples to resolve disputes respectfully without going to court. The collaborative divorce offers couples a more humane approach to ending their relationship and is especially effective when children are involved.

A few of the benefits of the collaborative divorce approach include:

  • Improved input from the children. Children are given a voice in the process, alleviating potential trauma that sometimes lasts for generations.
  • Increased control during the divorce process. Decision-making is directly in the hands of the spouses involved in divorce rather than the attorneys or judge.
  • Reduced time to complete the divorce. The focus on collaboration and mutual respect can reduce the time it takes to resolve issues that arise during the divorce.
  • Shared use of coaches such as financial specialists and child specialists reduces cost.

Staying Out Of Court Means Less Stress — And Often Lower Costs

In a collaborative divorce, clients agree not to go to court. Communication is vastly improved during a collaborative divorce because the process is more open and less confrontational. As a result, couples are able to lay the foundation for a healthier relationship during and after the divorce.

How The Collaborative Approach Works

The collaborative approach is team-based. The process involves attorneys for both parties and may also involve divorce coaches, a financial specialist and, if needed, a child specialist. These professionals work as co-equal problem-solvers, rather than adversaries. As issues arise, the most qualified professional identifies solutions that will most effectively bring resolution.

To start the collaborative divorce process, each spouse selects an attorney. The attorneys will then help the parties decide whether to use personal coaches or a single neutral divorce coach. The divorce coaches provide emotional support to both parties during the divorce.

The next phase of the process consists of one-on-one meetings between the parties and the coaches to gather information and to enhance communication, self-management and negotiation skills, which are useful during the divorce process. The neutral financial specialist will meet with both parties to gather the necessary financial data. The child specialist, if needed, will meet with the child(ren) to assess any special concerns. The child specialist, along with the parents and the coaches, helps develop a co-parenting plan unique for your children.

During the final phase, the focus is on exploring options and settling issues. Each spouse will meet with his or her attorney, divorce coach(es) and financial specialist to reach the final agreement. Once completed, both parties craft a final settlement, together with their attorneys.

Contact An Experienced Minnetonka Divorce Settlement Agreement Attorney

Call us at 952-479-4376 or contact our offices by email to arrange an initial consultation. Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and we can make evening and weekend appointments by special arrangement. We offer ample free parking at our office building in St. Louis Park.

Our firm is recognized for integrity, including ethical representation, competitive hourly rate options and responsible billing policies. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover for your convenience.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.