Not every couple going through divorce can work together to negotiate an agreement. However, for those who have that ability, the collaborative approach to divorce may be the right choice.
In collaborative divorce, the divorcing spouses – working alongside their respective attorneys – remain in control of all matters related to their settlement. They lead the discussions, hammer out the negotiation details in a private setting. No courtroom, no judge and fewer costs.
Time and cost savings, protection of your children
Your attorneys are present to provide you with guidance. However, not just any attorney can fulfill the requirements in collaborative divorce. You must work with a family law attorney who has completed training in the collaborative divorce process.
Here are some of the important benefits of a collaborative divorce:
- Time savings and convenience: You and your separated spouse want to accomplish this goal, and you can do it by leading the negotiations based on your schedule, and not the schedule of a judge. Your case is the only one on your “docket.”
- Cost savings: Avoiding the courtroom usually means avoiding litigation, which can be costly.
- Open and honest discussions: An office conference room provides a setting informal enough that you and your separated spouse are more likely to have meaningful discussions that lead to resolution.
- A greater amount of privacy: Without a courtroom setting, you feel less inhibited. This is a scenario sought by affluent couples or those who have high public profiles.
- Protection of the children: You avoid an acrimonious divorce through the collaborative approach. By preserving mutual respect, you ensure a cooperative parenting plan, which benefits the well-being of your children.
- Control is in your hands: In leading the negotiations, each spouse has a stake in the divorce negotiation with the goal of achieving a successful outcome.
An agreement is within your reach. The collaborative divorce approach will help you accomplish this.
Consider the collaborative divorce approach. Openness and honesty are bound to produce results and possibly fewer chances of tension-filled discussions.