Have you ever experienced a case where somebody was clearly using the collaborative process to delay the divorce outcome?

Perhaps if they never intended to go through with the process and planned to torpedo it at the end so both parties would have to go back to square one?

By Joe Spirito
November 26, 2015

Yes. There are people who believe they can use the collaborative process to exact a better result than what they would get through litigation, but I don’t know if it’s necessarily the case that their entire goal is to stall the process. Certainly people with personality disorders who don’t want to be told what to do by a judge might think they can control the process in collaborative divorce, and sometimes their personalities get in the way of settlement.


Founding partner of McGaughey & Spirito in Redondo Beach, California, Joe Spirito has been practicing family law since 1982 and is currently serving as secretary of the Los Angeles County Bar’s Family Law Section.

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November 26, 2015
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