Choosing a Collaborative Divorce is beneficial for the whole family
Divorce is a life-changing decision for all parties involved. In a Collaborative Divorce, specially trained professionals work with each of the parties to minimize the emotional and physical stress of any current issues, in order to focus upon formulating agreements that look toward both parties’ future individual and mutual goals. This method, which is part of the Collaborative Divorce process, is called “interest-based negotiation”. The benefits of the Collaborative Divorce process, versus a traditional divorce, are listed below.
A Collaborative Divorce is handled in an office, not the courtroom. This provides an emotionally safe space for the divorcing couple that is outside of the public eye. Just as in a traditional divorce, each spouse has confidential conversations with his or her attorney to discuss strategy and progress toward achieving the case’s goals. However, in the collaborative divorce process, the goals are accomplished without destroying spousal relationships or exhausting your estate.
Centered on the Client, Child and Family
The Collaborative Divorce process focuses upon finding a respectful solution for all parties involved. This creates an emotionally safe environment where interest and goals can be expressed. Also, the involved parties are able to negotiate and work to resolve conflict without going to court. Relationships and obligations may continue beyond the length of the marriage, especially if children are involved. This process allows spouses to forge agreements that support the most important individual and mutual goals. The focus is toward moving forward in a positive direction, rather than dwelling on the past. Parents divorcing collaboratively are able to protect their children from the damaging effects of a highly contentious divorce and preserve more of their mutual respect for each other as parents.
An Innovative Alternative
Collaborative Divorce is a creative and customized alternative to a traditional courtroom divorce in which control is turned over to a judge. In a collaborative divorce, clients work with special trained professionals – without court interference – to arrive at customized solutions designed to deliver the most positive outcomes possible for the couple and the family.
Staying Out of the Courtroom
At the outset of a Collaborative Divorce, couples sign a contract promising to attempt to settle all the issues of the case outside of court and that they won’t threaten to go to court. Once that threat is removed, clients are able to negotiate more comfortably.
The Collaborative Divorce process is tailored toward the family’s schedule rather than the court’s calendar. Couples have flexibility to schedule meetings with their collaborative team during convenient times. This is in contrast to the litigation process, in which clients are subpoenaed for depositions and court hearings, regardless of what is convenient for them.
More Cost Effective
Collaborative Divorce is more cost efficient than a traditional divorce. By working with specially trained professionals, couples are investing in developing solutions to financial and parental challenges, and other important issues, rather than spending their money on costly litigation.