A divorce, while difficult, can be the beginning of a new, positive stage of your life. When facing a divorce, it is easy to get caught up in fears of long, drawn-out battles and costly litigation. However, there are options that can help couples through a divorce with less hassle and emotional strain while still achieving a positive outcome. One method that is becoming more popular with couples facing divorce is collaborative divorce, also referred to as amicable divorce. Collaborative divorce is in some aspects is similar to divorce mediation. It is a good alternative for couples wanting a separation, but who would prefer not to go to court or to take an adversarial approach to their divorce. It is not for everyone, and it is a good idea to discuss this alternative with a knowledgeable family law attorney.
Collaborative Divorce as a Positive Alternative
A collaborative divorce offers couples a number of benefits and can be very helpful if children are involved. In this process, the focus is typically on what is best for all parties, including children, avoiding the confrontation that can be a part of a divorce proceeding. This alternative process also lets children see their parents as mature adults who want the best for them and who are willing to put aside their differences to avoid legal delays and ugly disputes. Collaborative divorce is similar in nature to legal separation. It allows couples to work through their issues in the presence of a mediator, a lawyer or a mediator/attorney.
When this team meets, they attempt to make equitable decisions about property division, asset division, support, visitation and custody, among other things. The goal of these meetings is to reach a mutual agreement, to ensure the resulting agreement is fair and to make the divorce easier for both parties.
What are the Benefits of Collaborative Divorce?
Typically, a collaborative divorce is more cost effective, as settling out of court cuts down on a number of legal and fees. However, the most appealing aspect of this process is that both parties have a say in their divorce agreement. Collaborative divorce often takes much less time than a traditional or contested divorce, and it will allow you to retain more privacy and spare your family emotional detriment.
While this process may not be for everyone, it is certainly worth attempting if you and your spouse are in agreement about proceeding with a divorce. I am here to help you and explain how the collaborative process works. If you want to know more about your options and rights, I would be happy to talk you.
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