If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, the prospect of a public court battle can only add to your distress. If you are looking for other options, consider collaborative divorce instead.
About collaborative divorce
Collaborative divorce takes place outside of court in more informal surroundings. As compared to traditional divorce in court, it is a private process; you need not fear that the details of your personal life will be put on display. You and your spouse will hire attorneys trained in collaborative law and, at the end of the process, they will prepare your participation agreement.
The benefits of collaboration
Here are five ways the collaborative process can make your divorce easier to manage:
- Stabilize difficulties of the divorce through a temporary agreement
- Exchange information voluntarily
- Agree to a legal procedure that reduces both costs and time involved in the process
- Negotiate a settlement agreement that is satisfactory to both parties
- Establish a process for post-divorce communications, especially concerning children
Because it is a less divisive option, collaborative divorce is often much easier on children. By minimizing contentious arguments and promoting open discussion instead, it alleviates much of the stress children can experience during a lengthy and contentious court procedure.
Keep in mind that the participation agreement is a legally binding document, which will go to the court for approval. Once the judge signs off on your agreement, the divorce is final, and you are free to begin the next stage of your life.