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The North Carolina Guide to Collaborative Divorce Proceedings, published by Springfield Collaborative Divorce, explains and illuminates the divorce laws in North Carolina that govern Collaborative Law Proceedings. In Collaborative Law Proceedings, couples, with the help of attorneys, reach legally binding decisions about their legal separation, how marital property and marital assets will be divided, whether and to what extent child support and spousal support payments will be paid, and, if there are children, what the child custody arrangements will be, but they do this without filing in court.
The Guide is intended to aid in understanding this legal alternative to court proceedings. It offers guidance as to when this alternative makes sense for couples in North Carolina who desire a method of divorcing that encourages cooperation instead of confrontation, and creates an environment in which couples can divorce with dignity and display respect, integrity, and kindness toward each other. Contributing authors of the guide include experienced collaborative attorneys Mark Springfield and Kerry Burleigh of Raleigh and Durham, financial specialist Mike Kothakota of Wofbridge Financial in Apex, and psychologist Brian Mackey of 3-C Family Services in Cary.