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Collaborative Divorce – What is it?

what is collaborative divorce

Collaborative Divorce – What is it?

Collaborative divorce is a process that involves resolving a divorce outside of court with the help of trained professionals. It is a voluntary process where both parties work together to develop a mutually agreeable settlement rather than fighting it out in court. Collaborative divorce can provide a less stressful, less expensive, and more peaceful way to dissolve a marriage than traditional divorce proceedings. In this article, we will explore the benefits of collaborative divorce, the differences between collaborative and traditional divorce, and how it can be a better option for some couples.  

collaborative divorce costWhat is Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative divorce is a process that aims to provide a respectful and peaceful way for couples to end their marriage. Both parties work together, along with trained professionals, to come up with a settlement that works for everyone. The goal is to avoid the need for court intervention and reach a fair and equitable agreement for both parties.

Collaborative divorce is different from traditional divorce in several ways. In traditional divorce proceedings, each party hires its own attorney, and a judge hears the case in court. This can lead to an adversarial process, where each party is fighting to win, and the process can be lengthy, expensive, and emotionally draining.

In contrast, in collaborative divorce, each party hires its own attorney and works with other professionals, such as a financial planner, a mental health professional, and a mediator. The collaborative team works together to resolve all issues, including property division, child custody, and support, without needing court intervention.

Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

Lower Cost

Collaborative divorce can be a more cost-effective way to resolve a divorce than traditional divorce. In traditional divorce proceedings, the court system can be expensive, with legal fees, court fees, and other expenses adding up quickly. In collaborative divorce, the cost can be significantly lower because there is no need for court intervention.

Less Stressful

Traditional divorce proceedings can be emotionally and mentally draining. The adversarial nature of the court system can pit spouses against each other, leading to a stressful and contentious process. In collaborative divorce, the focus is on cooperation and mutual respect, leading to a less stressful process for everyone involved.

Less Damage to the Family

Divorce can be difficult for families, especially when children are involved. Traditional divorce proceedings can harm the family, leading to a breakdown in communication and relationships. Collaborative divorce, on the other hand, encourages healthy communication and cooperation, leading to a more peaceful transition for everyone involved.

More Peaceful Transitions

Collaborative divorce can lead to a more peaceful transition from marriage to divorce. Working together to develop a mutually agreeable settlement makes both parties more likely to feel satisfied with the outcome. This can lead to a more peaceful transition and a better chance of maintaining a civil relationship in the future.

Examples of Collaborative Divorce in Action

Example 1: John and Sarah

John and Sarah have been married for 10 years and have two children together. They both agree that their marriage is over, but they want to keep the divorce as peaceful as possible. They decide to go through the divorce process and hire a collaborative team that includes their attorneys, financial planners, and mental health professionals.

The collaborative team helps John and Sarah develop a mutually agreeable settlement that includes a parenting plan, child support, and division of assets. Because the process was peaceful and collaborative, John and Sarah were able to maintain a civil relationship for the sake of their children.

Example 2: Mike and Lisa

Mike and Lisa have been married for 20 years and have built a successful business together. They both agree that the marriage is over, but they are concerned about the impact of a traditional divorce on their business.

 

colaborative divorce decreeConclusion

In conclusion, collaborative divorce offers couples a more peaceful and cost-effective alternative to traditional divorce. While it may not be appropriate for every couple, those who can work together and compromise may find that it offers a better path forward for themselves and their families.

Collaborative divorce allows couples to maintain control over the outcome of their divorce and make decisions together rather than leaving those decisions in the hands of a judge. This process also allows for more flexibility and creativity in crafting solutions that work for both parties. Minimizing conflict can lead to less stress, lower costs, and a more positive transition for everyone involved.

While the benefits of collaborative divorce are clear, it is important to work with an experienced family law attorney who is well-versed in the collaborative process. If you are considering a collaborative divorce, consult an attorney who can guide you through the process and help you determine if it is the right option.

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Remember, a divorce does not have to be a battlefield. With collaborative divorce, there is a way to reach a peaceful and amicable resolution that is in the best interests of both parties and their families.

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