Can a Collaborative Divorce Save You Money and Your Sanity?
The collaborative process for divorce is not your usual highly combative emotional car wreck scenario that most divorces devolve into. It is a good option for couples who feel they can work out their divorce settlement themselves without court intervention but still value the guidance of a legal professional. The Collaborative divorce process allows both sides to end the marriage, but retain a functional relationship because the key focus of collaborative divorces is on settlement. The whole process is designed to be as non-adversarial as possible, allowing both spouses to feel as if they are being treated fairly and that they are working toward a common goal.
For divorcing couples with children, the collaborative process is especially beneficial as the steps taken to dissolve the marriage does not allow the couple to use their children as pawns and create a hostile emotional environment.
By leveraging the collaborative elements of this process, both parties can come to a more positive and creative path towards custody and the different levels of co-parenting which will help the children experience less tress and upheaval that a traditional divorce process usually delivers.
There are five ways that collaboration can minimize the expense and acrimony of divorce, while also giving you both the results that are more customized to your situation. You and your spouse can:
- exchange all necessary information voluntarily
- negotiate a settlement that works for you
- stabilize the situation through a temporary agreement
- agree on legal procedures that minimize expense and streamline the process
- decide how to handle post-divorce decisions
Attorneys retained for a collaborative divorce are specifically trained to reach “win-win” settlements so they are skilled in managing conflict and guiding their clients to creatively resolve issues and divide property.
The actual steps in the process are also less cumbersome than the traditional divorce trajectory. The divorcing spouses and their attorneys meet in four-way, face-to-face meetings where they discuss and attempt to agree on the timing and manner of their marriage dissolution.
The collaborative divorce process is more efficient, more affordable, more comfortable, and more equitable than is traditional divorce. It also allows both spouses to have much more control and fosters a more amicable and healing environment than does traditional litigated divorce.
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