Going through the divorce process can be scary and stressful. It is particularly stressful when there is an assumption that a divorce will be a fight over things that are most important to you. However, if you are in agreement with most things with your soon-to-be ex, you may want to consider a collaborative divorce. It is less stressful, less frustrating, and less expensive.
What Is a Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative divorces are when you and your spouse work together to problem solve the disagreements in your marriage. Many couples use mediation or negotiation with or without attorneys to complete their divorce. Some courts make some form of mediation mandatory to work out certain terms in their divorce. This only works if you both are willing to work things out amicably. If you or your spouse were reluctant to work together, then litigation would be your only option.
What Are the Benefits of a Collaborative Divorce?
If you are thinking about going the collaborative divorce route, you will be pleased to know there are many benefits in doing so. These benefits include:
- Less expensive than divorce litigation
- You speak in an office, rather than the public courtroom
- You and your spouse can speak openly about your needs and wants
- Saves time
- Determine how to solve disputes after your divorce is final
- Mediation is completely confidential
If you are interested in a collaborative divorce, you should speak to an experienced family law attorney. They would be able to guide you through the process.
What Is the Process Like?
Most collaborative divorces follow a process, like the court in order to complete your divorce. Each party hires an attorney that supports mediation and a collaborative method. You each meet with your attorney privately to discuss what you would like to receive out of the process. Then you both come together to negotiate terms of your marriage settlement. Once you are agreed on the terms, a settlement is drafted and signed by each party then filed with the court.