187 South Old Woodward Avenue
Suite 250
Birmingham, Michigan 48009
Call Today (248) 540-3800
Divorce / Family Law Specialists
Ronald J. Bajorek
& Associates

Collaborative Divorce

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the parties use one attorney in collaborative divorce?
Yes, but it is usually not recommended.  I have had many cases where the other party either does not obtain an attorney or chooses to represent themselves.  This can save the party money but it often ends up that they lose an equivalent amount of money, if not more, than they would have achieved had they paid an attorney.  The non-represented party of course has ever opportunity and ability to have the settlement agreement reviewed by counsel of his or her choice before signing it. 

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Collaborative divorce laws is where both parties hire their own counsel to assist them in reaching a settlement.  The difference between collaborative divorce and a normal divorce is that the attorneys are not involved in court proceedings and in fact if a settlement is not achieved, the attorneys then do not subsequently represent the parties in contested court proceedings. So the attorneys’ roles are limited to assisting the clients to resolve their differences without the threat of court proceedings.  Collaborative divorce is very informal and involves four way meetings between the parties and their counsel, using open communications and full and open voluntary disclosure of information free of the threat of contested court proceedings.  Although collaborative divorce can be extremely useful in difficult cases, nevertheless, it is not recommended in cases of domestic violence, where there is the possibility or probability of hidden assets or where the parties have hidden agendas or unresolved personal issues. 


Ronald J. Bajorek
187 South Old Woodward Avenue
Suite 250
Birmingham, Michigan 48009
Call Today (248) 540-3800
Located in the historic Birmingham Theatre Office Building 1 block south of Maple, in the heart of downtown Birmingham.

Providing comprehensive divorce representation throughout Michigan including cities of Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Franklin, Bingham Farms, Beverly Hills, Huntington Woods, Troy, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Novi, Southfield, Royal Oak, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, Livonia, Canton, Plymouth, Northville, Commerce, Milford, Brighton, Grosse Pointe, Sterling Heights, Bloomfield Twp., Shelby Twp., Macomb, Ann Arbor, Lake Orion, Oakland County, Wayne County, Macomb County, Washtenaw County and Livingston County among others.

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