The events of the past several years have contributed to a backlog in the United States court system. Opting for a collaborative divorce is one way to avoid getting bogged down in the backlog.
What is collaborative divorce and why should you consider it?
What is collaborative divorce?
Instead of litigating, the parties in a collaborative divorce use the services of a collaboratively trained attorney and other neutral professionals to assist with negotiating a resolution to the divorce. Unless you can not reach an agreement with your spouse, there is no need to involve the court in a collaborative divorce.
Why should I consider a collaborative divorce?
First, since a collaborative divorce skips the courtroom, the backlogged court system will not affect your divorce. Second, collaborative divorce is a legally secure alternative to mediation. Both parties in a collaborative divorce have representation from a trained attorney who acts as their advocate which avoids the potential for one party to manipulate the process. Because collaborative divorces usually take longer than mediation, the process gives you time to sort out issues such as property division. This may prevent you from making a hasty decision.
Collaborative divorces are usually less contentious than traditional divorce proceedings. This may help you have a better relationship with your ex-spouse after the divorce. This is particularly important if you will be co-parenting children.
Avoiding court backlogs is just one of many benefits that come with a collaborative divorce. If you want to resolve your divorce quickly and amicably, this may be a good option for you.