Collaborative divorce relies on a problem-solving approach in which both spouses play significant roles in the negotiation and resolution. It is time to roll up your sleeves while sitting across from each other to iron out the details of a divorce agreement.
Cooperation rather than confrontation comes to the forefront in collaborative divorce, which some consider being a hybrid of litigation and mediation. The divorcing spouses decide the outcomes on matters such as division of assets, child support, parenting plans, time-sharing and alimony. There are many benefits to this approach.
Saves on time and you are in control
Key elements of collaborative divorce are that each spouse must have their respective attorneys accompanying them, and those attorneys must have completed training in the dealings of collaborative divorce.
Among the benefits of collaborative divorce include:
- Saves on time: You direct the discussion and decide on the issues. This goes much swifter than in court.
- Less costly: Expenses add up when going through a typical divorce in court. Collaborative divorce will save money.
- You are in control: You and your estranged spouse preside over the negotiations in honest discussions that may lead to more open exchanges.
- More privacy: Without a courtroom and judge, the intimidation factor may not be present. You gain more comfort in a more private setting.
Collaborative divorce is a workable option that certain separating couples may consider.
Working together again
The chance for more open and honest discussions arrives in the collaborative divorce process. You worked together during your marriage and now you must work together to amicably end the marriage. Some discussions may be painful, but you remain in control on your way toward resolution.