Even when two spouses are amicable and resolve to remain respectful during their divorce, it can be a challenging and emotional time. There is no such thing as an easy divorce, but there is help available to reduce unnecessary anxiety and make the process the best it can be. If you would like to avoid the complication and cost of litigated divorce, consider the benefits of the Collaborative Divorce Process.
Collaborative Divorce is an option that allows you and your spouse to resolve your divorce in an organized and respectful manner. Your attorneys will work together to provide all of the information you need to make the best decisions for your family. Before you decide on whether to go to court or negotiate a settlement, you may want to speak to a Collaborative professional to learn more about how the Collaborative Divorce Process can be customized for your family’s unique needs.
The Collaborative Divorce Process
In the collaborative divorce process, your collaborative professionals work together using their knowledge and experience to help you to negotiate and reach a comprehensive final agreement. The agreement can address all of the issues that are important to you, including co-parenting and child support, spousal support, and property distribution. Consider the following:
- Each spouse will have their attorney present when negotiating the agreement.
- The negotiations take place at a neutral location, at times that are convenient for you.
- Each spouse will have an opportunity to discuss their goals and interest, ask questions and express concerns in a safe environment.
- Each spouse may benefit from the services of professionals in addition to attorneys, such as financial neutrals or co-parenting specialists in order to reach the best possible outcome.
- The Collaborative Divorce Process is generally quicker than litigation, and it provides each spouse control over the outcome.
- Both spouses must commit to transparency and cooperation in order for the process to work well. Either spouse may decide at any point to terminate the Collaborative Process. If this occurs, the professionals no longer work with either spouse.
The Collaborative Divorce Process allows you to avoid the stress and expense of litigation while having your voice heard. The emotions that accompany divorce can be difficult. Collaborative professionals will support you throughout the process and allow you to focus on what is best for your long-term interests, the needs of your children and your future financial stability.