Collaborative Divorce is a non-adversarial process designed to help couples work outside of the court system to reach a fair and equitable divorce agreement. There are many reasons people choose this family focused process. Some of the reasons to consider Collaborative Divorce are as follows:
A Collaborative Divorce is a confidential and private process. Through the collaborative process, meetings are handled in an office and not in the courtroom. Everything that is said in joint meetings is confidential and will not become part of public court records.
Team of Professionals
Each partner works with their own collaborative attorney to determine and accomplish their goals in the divorce. Based upon the couple’s needs, the collaborative attorneys may utilize a group of professionals that works for the benefit of the clients and the client’s family. The team may consist of professionals such as a financial professional, mental health professional, child specialist and divorce coach.
The collaborative process allows families to find creative respectable solutions to their unique issues and concerns. The goal of the collaborative team is to establish a plan that gives families the best outcome possible in a difficult situation. It allows the couple to jointly decide how to handle child custody, child support and even property division. Collaborative Divorce allows couples to preserve a relationship with their partner after their divorce is finalized.
A Collaborative Divorce is almost always less costly than a litigated divorce even with the use of a team of professionals. The cost of a litigated divorces can be expensive and unpredictable. If both parties work in a timely and agreeable manner, the Collaborative Divorce process will be more cost effective than a traditional divorce.
Collaborative Divorce operates on the family’s schedule. Appointments and meetings can be scheduled around the couple’s schedule and not the court’s schedule.
The non-adversarial nature of the Collaborative Divorce process allows the couple to complete the process without the animosity and resentment that is often generated by litigation. With a Collaborative Divorce, couples understand each other’s needs and can obtain a more workable and sustainable agreement.