Collaborative Law is a settlement process that focuses on helping families resolve complex disputes, often with the aid of specialists. The collaborative law process focuses on creating a safe environment for the parties to express, negotiate and resolve conflict without going to court.

One of the first tasks in the Collaborative process is to gather information to assist not only the divorcing couple but the divorce professionals in developing a creative and appropriate settlement. The information gathering phase requires that each spouse share with the other spouse his/her understanding of the marital assets and debts, separate property assets and debts, incomes, and potential opportunities and/or liabilities.

CDLP (Certified Divorce Lending Professional)

When real estate and mortgage financing are present, it is always beneficial to have a CDLP (Certified Divorce Lending Professional) involved to provide clarity and options whether one spouse is retaining the marital home or the marital home is to be sold and one or both parties wish to obtain mortgage financing again in the future.

The collaborative divorce process may take several months to complete. The time frame depends upon the issues at hand, how willing the parties are to resolve the issues as well as the availability of the professionals involved. Members of the professional divorce team may include attorneys, financial advisors, Certified Divorce Lending Professionals, therapists and more.

When support income, whether maintenance and/or child support, is involved and needed for obtaining mortgage financing, a CDLP can provide direction with temporary orders to help meet underwriting guidelines as well as potentially reducing the waiting period for using support income as qualified income.

Certified Divorce Lending Professionals are trained to work as financial neutrals in a divorce situation. Their goal is to look at all options and remove as many hurdles as possible for both spouses who wish to obtain mortgage financing. The verbiage, or lack thereof, contained in the divorce settlement agreement can be an obstacle for either party going forward once the divorce is final. A CDLP’s goal is to help recognize these obstacles and set each party up for success.

Always work with a Certified Divorce Lending Professional (CDLP) when going through a divorce and real estate or mortgage financing is present.

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