Getting a Collaborate Divorce Could Be Right for You

Collaborative divorces are a relatively new term injected into the world of family law. While the practice has been in place for awhile, the movement is just now gaining more traction. If you haven’t heard of collaborative divorce or if you just now getting familiar with it and have questions, we have combined some frequently asked questions and their corresponding answers here.

What Is Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative Divorce is a new approach to divorce where the parties agree from the beginning that they will settle all matters outside of court. This position allows both parties to enter into the proceedings with a different perspective and approach the process collaboratively, which is where the term gets its name, as opposed to oppositional.

How Does Collaborative Divorce Work?

Collaborative divorce usually involves working with and as a team. Each part may still have their own attorney, but everyone comes to the table together to find the best fair and equitable resolution for everyone involved. Expert and other providers who are engaged such as psychologists, counselors, asset valuators and others all contribute to the team.

Who Benefits From Collaborative Divorce?

Ideally, everyone benefits from it. If you and your ex are on decent terms and can come to an agreement (or get close to one) regarding matters that can be contentious, such as custody and the distribution of property, then you may be good candidates for collaborative divorce. This may not be the answer for highly contentious divorces, but those who are able to be amicable and fair and who believe in the good will of the other would benefit from the process.

Collaborative divorce is gaining popularity, and for good reason. Avoiding court and high out-of-pocket legal costs for high-conflict divorces is something that most people would like. Could a collaborative divorce be right for you?

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