Collaborative Divorce and Child Custody Arrangements Without the Courts

Posted by Erin Birt | Apr 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Collaborative Divorce and Child Custody Arrangements Without the Courts

Around the world, divorced and divorcing parents are finding themselves stuck. Courts are closed as their families are dealing with new pressures, such as agreeing on safety measures for children or managing custody schedules thrown into chaos during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wheaton and Oak Brook based Collaborative Divorce Attorney, Erin Birt, is helping parents navigate divorce and child custody arrangements without having to go to court through a process called Collaborative Divorce.

Courts Closed? No Problem for Collaborative Divorce

Many Collaborative practitioners are utilizing virtual meeting options while complying with social distancing guidelines. Court closures are not an issue as Collaborative Divorce is a longstanding alternative to the hostility and dysfunction typically experienced in courtrooms.

Divorce process initiations, as well as modifications to ongoing arrangements, can easily be managed virtually and remotely. Binding customized agreements and related legal documentation will be filed with the courts once they reopen. In some jurisdictions, settlement agreements and modified orders can be submitted to the court electronically or via a brief video conference hearing.

Collaborative Divorce Highlights & Client Experiences

Collaborative Divorce Highlights:

  • Avoids the need to go to court
  • Creates a unique action plan that addresses child custody and visitation arrangements, finances and more
  • Relies on a team of experienced attorneys, mental health professionals, child specialists, and financial experts

Our clients and potential clients are quickly learning that they can accomplish more using the Collaborative Divorce process while the courts are closed.  Divorcing couples that might not have otherwise considered a Collaborative Divorce are opting to use it now and are looking for not only an experienced Collaborative Divorce attorney, but a firm, like Birt Law, that has remote and virtual divorce experience.  We have been offering and hosting virtual and remote meetings with clients and the entire Collaborative Divorce team for over 10 years with great success for our clients.

 “The global Collaborative community has a history of being adaptive in terms of how we serve our clients,” said Anne Tamar-Mattis, Executive Director of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). “Our members are steadfast in their commitment to helping people go through the life-changing experience of divorce during this current pandemic.”

A Proven Collaborative Divorce Network for our Clients

Our Collaborative Divorce Attorney, Erin Birt, is a member of The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) which is an international nonprofit organization focused on transforming the way families divorce by helping them create customized solutions and stay out of court. IACP also provides an invaluable network of divorce professionals all trained to maximize effective negotiations and minimize conflict during the divorce process. For more information about IACP or to refer your spouse or other parent to find a Collaborative professional near you, visit As always, contact us with any questions or assistance with starting your Collaborative Divorce process.

About the Author

Erin Birt

Since 2003, Erin N. Birt, J.D., CADC has focused her practice on parenting time, divorce, mediation, and substance abuse issues. Ms. Birt's unique background in both family law and addictions counseling help her clients successfully navigate the complex issues of coparenting and divorce. Ms. Birt also devotes her time to presenting at continuing education seminars for attorneys, mediators, and counselors.


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