A Different Way to Divorce

The intense emotions of divorce can get in the way of amicable and reasonable solutions. Reason and communication give way to resentment and suspicion, and soon you become opponents in a contentious and expensive court battle.

At Haller & Imbarlina, P.C., we encourage you to consider collaborative law as an alternative to litigation. A growing number of clients have found the process and the results to be far preferable to litigation, under the close guidance of our trained and experienced attorneys.

Arrange a consultation today to explore the collaborative process. Based in Cranberry Township, we practice in Butler County and Allegheny County.

What Is Collaborative Family Law?

In the collaborative process, each party is represented by an attorney and sometimes a neutral financial expert and mental health professionals. The attorneys, professionals, and parties work together to identify shared goals and individual interests. Collaborative Practice is designed to minimize hostility and conflict and refocus the parties on constructive methods of arriving at outcomes. It allows parties to retain control over the dispute resolution process and eventual outcome which offers a potential cost savings benefit to the parties.

What makes collaborative divorce so unique and fruitful?

  • Each party is counseled in negotiations by a lawyer who is trained in the collaborative process.
  • Both parties agree to disclose all relevant information upfront, replacing the burdensome discovery process.
  • Neutral professionals such as child specialists, neutral financial professionals and mental health professionals add valuable perspectives and solutions.
  • The participation agreement includes a non litigation clause. The lawyers and professionals involved cannot engage in contested court proceedings.
  • The process creates the atmosphere of trust, respect and civility necessary to get past emotions and work through difficult issues.

Is Collaboration Right For You?

Collaborative family law has numerous benefits. It is completely private, unlike court proceedings. It is often less expensive than litigation. There is less friction during the process and fewer conflicts afterward. You control the outcome rather taking your chances in court.

Of course, not every situation is amenable to collaboration. Both spouses or co-parents must "buy in" and be willing to negotiate and communicate. It is also important to have the right legal counsel. Our lawyers are not only trained in collaborative methods, but draw on 340 years of collective experience in Pennsylvania family law — including courtroom litigation — to gauge what is fair and realistic.

Our attorneys are members of the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP) and The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). Call 724-935-0820 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.