Collaborative Law and Divorce

Photo of Mark Chauvin Bezinque, Esq., a collaborative divorce attorney who focuses on separation, divorce, child custody, spousal and child support, wills, real estate, and other matters affecting families. Mr. Bezinque was the first to introduce Collaborative Law to the Rochester community, and it remains a large part of his practice. The process offers couples a humane and needs-based approach to ending a relationship that can reduce the emotional and financial costs related to divorce process. For more information, please read the Key Points About Collaborative Law below and review the Resources page.

Mr. Bezinque assists his clients in their transition out of their marriage and into their new lives with a lasting resolution that meets their core needs related to their family, financial security, individual privacy and personal dignity.

As a Collaborative Law attorney, he helps clients simplify the confusion of the divorce process and enables them to prioritize their needs. He firmly manages his client's concerns regarding parenting plans and residency schedules, spousal and child support, location and valuation of assets and valuation of businesses and real estate. He empowers his clients to make good legal decisions to achieve a result they can be proud of and that will last into the future.
“Mark was the attorney I was told that would be the most fair, understanding and thoughtful. His approach gave me the legal knowledge I needed, but allowed me to take that information and work on my specific case alone.

“Once I had the personal information in line, he was able to integrate it with the necessary legal angles. The process allowed me to remain friends with my ex-wife all the while allowing my son to be the focus of all that was being worked on.

“By allowing me to control much of the details it was a much less stressful process than I imagined. The financial burden was not as significant since I did a lot of work as well. He always seemed to know what was going on in my entire life and was thoughtful enough to ask about me and my son. I would recommend Mark because of his caring nature.”
—Collaborative Divorce Client

Mr. Bezinque also has close working relationships with professionals in financial management, mental health and valuation that can support the effective implementation of the Collaborative Law process.

Since first introducing Collaborative Law to the Rochester community, Mr. Bezinque continues to since facilitate conferences and workshops on the topic. He is a frequent speaker on Collaborative Law to professionals and the public and is a founding member and executive officer of the Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area, Inc.
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Key Points About Collaborative Law

  • The goal or purpose of Collaborative Law is to offer attorneys and their clients a structured, non-adversarial alternative to an adversarial system of dispute resolution.
  • Both clients retain their own specially-trained lawyer to assist them in resolving family issues fairly and equitably without going to court or threatening court action.
  • The parties agree to utilize neutral appraisers and evaluators where appropriate and to avoid subjecting their children to court-appointed forensics.
  • Detailed and complete disclosure is required. Both parties sign a binding agreement to disclose all documents and information that relate to the issues, and to do so early, fully and voluntarily. Hiding documents and stonewalling are not permitted. Doing so will cause the withdrawal of the attorney representing the person hiding documents.
  • A successful Collaborative Law process is often quicker, less costly, more individualized, less stressful, and almost invariably more satisfying. At its best, it is a process driven by mutual understanding.
  • If either party decides to litigate after beginning the Collaborative Law process, both parties must hire new lawyers for court. Neither attorney nor their firms are allowed to represent a collaborative client in contested litigation, but they may assist in uncontested matters such as completing the divorce. This commitment to the collaborative process assures that the focus is solely on a negotiated settlement. It frees the participants to be as creative as they want, without fear that their words will be used against them in Court.
  • With attorneys assisting in reaching a resolution, participants have built-in legal resources for experienced advice about the legal process and how a court might address the situation. [ Top of Page ]

Mark Chauvin Bezinque, Esq. is a Collaborative Law divorce attorney who focuses on separation, divorce, child custody, spousal and child support, prenuptial agreements, wills, real estate closings and other matters affecting families. As a Collaborative Law divorce lawyer, he helps clients simplify the confusion of the divorce process and enables them to prioritize their needs and those of their children. He serves the greater Rochester NY region.