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Collaborative Divorce

Creating the Right Transition for Your Family Through Collaborative DivorceCompassionate, Family-First Phoenix Family and Divorce Attorney Supports the Positive Dissolution of Your Marriage

What if you could transform the pain and heartache of divorce into a more positive experience? That’s exactly what happens through the collaborative divorce process. At the law office of Paula J. Burnstein, P.C., we are focused on your family, and we want to make this process as painless and easy as possible.

Collaborative divorce is truly a process, and it involves everyone. More than just the spouses communicating, this approach allows for the children to be involved as well. It creates a safe space in which everyone can be heard and their feelings valued. True to its name, a collaborative divorce encourages family members to collaborate and find workable resolutions.

Paula believes in the merits of collaborative divorce and is a proud member of the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Arizona. While this approach doesn’t work for all couples and families, when appropriate, it can be one of the best ways to make the transition.

How Collaborative Divorce can Benefit Your Family

There are three ways to get divorced: litigation, mediation, and collaboration. With the first, attorneys advocate for their clients in front of a judge. Mediation helps the couple come to mutually beneficial resolutions on their divorce. Collaborative divorce combines the best of those two options with even more benefits for the entire family.

A collaborative divorce includes attorneys, mediator, certified divorce financial analyst (CDFA), and communication coach. It touches on all of the aspects associated with a divorce: legal, emotional, and financial. The whole goal of this approach is to honor the family as a unit while understanding that this change is what’s best. It allows each partner to move forward knowing that they have the support of the other. And, perhaps best of all, children are included and feel valued as well.

A Positive Approach to Divorce for Your Family

A marriage can end for many reasons, but the underlying issue often tends to be communication. With the help of a communication coach in the collaborative divorce process, couples learn how to share feelings and thoughts without fear of repercussions. It’s less about being right than it is about being heard, and with these skills in their repertoire, a divorcing couple creates a bridge to a new way of communicating.

In a collaborative divorce where children are involved, they often report a more positive outcome than those children involved in a litigation-style divorce. That’s because children play a role in the collaborative process as contributors to the outcome. Their opinions and feelings matter, and that results in a healthier transition. Kids may not like that their parents are getting divorced, but when they understand and are involved, they feel more empowered.

Contact an Experienced Collaborative Divorce Attorney who Puts You First

The law office of Paula J. Burnstein, P.C. is committed to helping you move through this change in your family with compassion and caring. With more than two decades of experience practicing family law in the state of Arizona, Paula understands the intricacies that will help you create a positive resolution. And as a mother herself, she knows how important it is that your children’s emotional health is respected.

Contact Paula today to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation. During your time together, you’ll learn more about your options and whether or not collaborative divorce is a good way to move forward in dissolving your marriage.

Client Reviews
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Paula Burnstein is an amazing Attorney for Family Law! My case is part of my messy story. I had a daughter with a mentally ill man, that believed he was Jesus. I lived on a compound and was able to escape with her. After 8 years he came back after me to get her. Paula fought the whole brutal way, so I could protect her. It was a tough case against lies and surprises. She was brilliant with all the different judges we had. Was super reliable and always answered all my crazy questions. She was very concerned for my whole families' well fare along the way and very patient. I would call her again in a heartbeat. She helped protect and kept our family together. Thank you Paula! We will be forever grateful!
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It is very difficult to maintain compassion and empathy while delivering tangible results for your client in a process that is, by its very design, oppositional, yet Paula Bernstein is the consummate professional who manages to strike just the right balance in such a trying time. She delivered an excellent outcome for me, while maintaining a level-headed, professional, yet caring, and realistic advisory role. I very much appreciated her style, restraint, effectiveness and flexibility. We communicated via email, phone, and in person, and she was always available, as needed. I enjoyed very much working with Ms. Burnstein throughout the stressful roller-coaster of my divorce, and while I obviously hope to never require her services again, I can wholeheartedly recommend her in the unfortunate event of a divorce. Anonymous