Many divorcing spouses would benefit from the collaborative divorce process. However, the parties must be willing and able to communicate without the need for court intervention. For example, in cases involving a history of abuse or domestic violence, the parties may not be good candidates for collaborative divorce. In such circumstances, one or both parties may need a protective order or some other court order to protect their interests.
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.