The collaborative divorce route benefits certain couples who decide to end their marriage. The soon-to-be-former spouses work together on the details and negotiations. Resolution lies squarely on their shoulders. But they each also rely on the guidance of their respective attorneys in this method that serves as an alternative to litigation.
Collaborative divorce represents a legal approach somewhere in between mediation and litigation. You tried to work together the best that you could while married. Now, you must work together to complete a successful divorce. You each have a stake in the problem-solving.
Open discussions, protects children
The major benefits of collaborative divorce are that you avoid court and save on costs. The separating couple discuss ideas and attempt to forge agreements pertaining to topics such as parenting plans, child support and division of assets.
Granted, most divorced couples do not have legal training. But they can accomplish a collaborative divorce with the help of their attorneys, who are present at these negotiations. Each attorney must have certification declaring that they completed training in collaborative divorce. An attorney may steer you in the right direction, but you must forge the path.
Here are some key takeaways when it comes to collaborative divorce:
- Focuses on open and honest discussions: Maybe you did not communicate so well near the end of your marriage. However, that is no excuse during collaborative divorce. You want to get right down to the nitty-gritty in finalizing a divorce agreement.
- Saves time: Both of you are focused on resolution. As a result, a swifter agreement is likely. Productive discussions and amiable behavior are necessary to achieve this. You can do it.
- Saves money: Without a courtroom and judge, there are no court costs, thus representing major cost savings.
- Proves more convenient: Your discussions take place in private quarters, not a courtroom, so you should have greater comfort in this setting. The discussions also take place on your schedule, not a judge’s.
- Protects your children: A messy divorce is avoided. When divorced parents cooperate with each other, their children are better off emotionally. The children may have a smoother transition in coping with the divorce.
Some discomfort and hesitancy may exist in a collaborative divorce. But you will overcome this as the two of you forge agreements and create plans leading to a successful divorce.