For some divorcing couples, avoiding litigation remains a priority. They understand that they can no longer overcome their differences, but they do not want details of their lives and relationship aired in court. Or to relive certain memories. And, for their divorce, they also want to minimize cost, the time spent dealing with it as well any hurt feelings.
This may be the time to pursue a collaborative divorce, one that promotes cooperation between couples, who play a major part in the negotiations and problem-solving. By working together, each person has a major say in the divorce outcome. No topic is off the table.
Better control, while saving time and money
When you got married, you committed to each other and committed to working together. Now, that you are getting a divorce, that commitment of working together is still there. This time, you want to come to an agreement or compromise in areas related to time-sharing, parenting plans, child support and division of assets.
In a collaborative divorce, you gain better control of the outcome. Each party enlists an attorney who is trained in collaborative divorce. It is unlike mediation in which a third-party mediator/attorney serves as a conduit and does not represent either person.
Here are some benefits of collaborative divorce:
- Saves time with each spouse playing critical roles in the negotiations.
- Proves less costly than the typical divorce route.
- Includes honest, informal discussions that may provide the chances for more openness.
- Allows each person to have a say in the negotiations while seeking resolution and compromise.
- Preserves privacy, allowing for open discussions and improved comfort level.
Through a collaborative divorce, each spouse must work together at least one last time to resolve differences and create solutions. An amicable ending is possible.