Davis Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Representing Northern California

  • Pakpour Banks LLP is based in Davis, CA, and is proudly serving Davis, Woodland, Sacramento, West Sacramento, Vacaville, Dixon, Fairfield, Roseville, Elk Grove, and surrounding areas.
  • Our team has been successfully representing cases in Yolo County, Sacramento County, Solano County, Placer County, Colusa County, El Dorado County, and Yuba County.
A lawyer handling a collaborative divorce case in Davis, California.

Many divorces end up being contentious and filled with litigation, and our mission is to save our clients from the stress of all that. When you contact our office about collaborative divorce, we will work with you and your spouse to help you settle your dissolution in an amicable manner.


Not only does dissolving your marriage in a collaborative manner cut down on the amount of stress and headaches that you and your spouse have to deal with, but it makes the process much easier for any children who are involved in the situation.

The process can be a hard life event for children to go through, and it’s only made worse when their parents are constantly fighting and in bad moods because of a contentious divorce.

We will strive to take all of the stress out of the process and help you and your spouse decide the terms of your settlement as calmly as possible.


We take a compassionate approach to working with our clients, and we truly care about them and their children. We want to help you settle your terms in a respectful manner outside of the court system. Plus, by negotiating in a calm and respectful manner, you and your spouse just might be able to maintain an amicable and courteous relationship, which is certainly advantageous for any children involved.


Part of the way that we assist you in achieving a mutual settlement when you contact a divorce legal practitioner at our office is through the usage of multi-disciplinary teams.

Our office works together with mental health practitioners, family law legal team, and even neutral financial professionals along with other types of experts to help ensure that you and your spouse achieve a collaborative settlement. By involving neutral third-party sources, our law office makes sure that there are no biases on either party’s side, so you never have to worry about special interests interfering in the fairness of your settlement.

How To Start A Collaborative Divorce 

In a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse agree to work together and negotiate the terms of your divorce. A collaborative divorce will not succeed if either side is reluctant to cooperate. To begin the collaborative divorce process, both sides will hire an attorney experienced with collaborative divorce to represent their interest. Your Davis collaborative divorce attorney will agree to help you negotiate your divorce outside of the court system.

Next, they will put together your multi-disciplinary assistance team and meet with you to discuss your individual goals. Then, you and your lawyer will meet with your spouse and their lawyer to begin the negotiations. The process typically takes a few meetings, often weekly or bi-weekly. Finally, the negotiation results in a written agreement that both parties find to be fair and can uphold going forward.


  1. You want a civilized, respectful resolution of the issues.
  2. You want to keep open the possibility of a respectful relationship (perhaps even the possibility of a friendship) with your partner after the dispute is resolved.
  3. You and your partner will be co-parenting children together and you want the best co-parenting relationship possible.
  4. You want to protect your children from the harm associated with conflict in divorce between parents.
  5. You and your partner have a circle of friends or extended family in common that you both want to remain connected to.
  6. You have ethical or spiritual beliefs that place high value on taking personal responsibility for handling conflicts with integrity.
  7. You value your privacy in your personal affairs and you do not want details of your problems to be available in the public Court record.
  8. You believe that you and your partner will be able to make the best decisions for your family.  You do not want to hand over decision-making about your future financial position and/or your children’s lives to a stranger, such as a Judge.
  9. You want to find a creative and individual solution to your problem.
  10. You understand that resolving your dispute with integrity involves not only achieving your own goals but finding a way to respect the reasonable goals of the other person.
  11. You wish to fix a problem rather than apportion blame, and you want to work creatively toward solving the problem rather than exacting revenge.
  12. You and your partner are a same-sex couple looking for a process that is sensitive to your unique needs and the challenges facing LGBT families.

Benefits Of Collaborative Divorce

Divorce can often be lengthy, emotional, and destructive to relationships. When you choose the collaborative divorce process, both parties choose to negotiate in a polite manner. Typically, they focus on protecting the physical and emotional needs of themselves and their children.

The idea is to create a win-win situation for all parties involved, without going in front of a judge. Thus, the benefits of a collaborative divorce include:

  • Quicker resolution because you don’t need to wait for space on a crowded family court docket;
  • Saving time and money by avoiding the in-court hearings;
  • Preserving relationships while working together to meet mutual goals;
  • Privacy (Information discovered in the collaborative divorce process is confidential and can’t be used as evidence later);
  • It’s inherently less stressful and combative than going to court.

When clients engage in collaborative divorce, they can obtain their goals while reducing the emotional turmoil of the divorce process. By choosing to respectfully discuss the terms of your divorce, you stay in control, informed, and mentally and physically healthy.

Pakpour Banks LLP: Your Davis Collaborative Divorce Attorneys

In collaborative divorce, you have the freedom to decide the terms of your divorce. Still, it’s crucial that each party has attorney representation so that their interests are protected. And it’s not essential that you and your spouse agree ahead of time on the goals of your divorce. You can choose to work the details out together and avoid the courtroom. Your Davis collaborative divorce lawyer will guide you through the process, stand up for your goals, and help ensure a fair settlement.

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Contact our experienced California collaborative divorce attorneys at Pakpour Banks LLP now.