Characteristics of collaborative divorce

When a couple decides to end their marriage via divorce there are multiple ways that this may be accomplished. Some choose to go to court and litigate the matter in front of a judge. Others select arbitration, where the decision is made by a third-party decision maker. For some couples, mediation, where the couple gets to determine the outcome with the assistance of a neutral third party, is the way to go. In still other situations collaborative divorce is selected.

Readers may be wondering just what collaborative law is and whether it could be a good option for them. In this post we will address this question.

A collaborative divorce is designed to let the couple determine the terms of the divorce. When necessary, neutral professionals in a variety of fields may be called upon to provide guidance on matters affecting the outcome of the divorce. These individuals include: real estate evaluators, business valuators, mental health professionals, child specialists and financial neutrals.

There are multiple positives to this approach for couples who are able and willing to work through their differences. For example, because the focus is on working through issues together, couples are forced to communicate—an activity that they may have struggled with in their marriage. When children are involved this could bode well for co-parenting in the future.

In addition, the process takes less time than litigating the matter in court which in turn generally ends up costing less. For many who are starting a new chapter of life this is particularly appealing.

Divorcing couples interested in learning more about collaborative divorce should ask their lawyers about the process.

Source: CNBC, “Collaborative divorce can ease emotional, economic stress,” Deborah Nason, May 2, 2014

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