In collaborative divorce, its name describes the exact approach that leads toward resolution. Splitting spouses collaborate, negotiate, compromise and discuss matters with the goal of coming up with a divorce agreement.
They do this while sitting across from each other or via video conference, but also with their respective attorneys sitting beside them. Their attorneys, though, must have completed training in collaborative divorce as they provide advice and insight on matters such as child custody, child support and division of assets.
Often less costly and time-consuming
Collaborative divorce lies somewhere between mediation and litigation. You avoid a courtroom scenario, which can be intimidating and costly while at the mercy of the judge’s schedule. It may take weeks or months to get a hearing, or your hearing is abruptly rescheduled due to matters out of your control.
The potential advantages of collaborative divorce include:
- You remain in charge: The problem-solving is up to the two of you working together. Such a scenario leads to more openness and even honesty.
- Less time-consuming: You and your spouse are focused on this important task. Since you lead the discussions, you control the clock, saving time en route to your goal. Since you are not in court, there is no chance for your hearing date to suddenly change.
- Less costly: Court is expensive, but you are not in court. Expect significant monetary savings.
- Confidentiality: Your comfort level may be better because you are not in the courtroom. Also, the process does not become part of the public record. That includes financial terms, child custody and reasons for the divorce.
The benefits of collaborative divorce may put you more at ease when dealing with the divorce process.
Working together in a different way
As a married couple, the two of you often worked together, making personal and financial decisions for your family. Now that you end your marriage, you continue to work together, but in a different way. Collaborative divorce represents that way.