Divorce does not have to mean harsh words and hurt feelings. If you and your spouse would prefer a more civil way to dissolve your marriage, perhaps you should consider a collaborative divorce.
What is a collaborative divorce?
Similar to mediation, collaborative divorce is a cooperative approach to ending a marriage that allows you to resolve your differences outside of court. While mediation provides only a neutral third party, in a collaborative divorce each spouse has their own attorney.
Additionally, collaborative divorces will include other trained divorce professionals to support decision-making that benefits everyone. These additional professionals may include child advocates, parenting experts, financial advisors and mental health professionals.
What are the advantages of collaborative divorce?
The collaborative divorce process offers many advantages, especially if the family includes children. Some of these advantages are:
- Less stress for both parties
- More control over decisions
- More discreet, with no public court records
- Cooperating can make the process much faster
- Parenting plans tailored for your family
- Lays the groundwork for effective long-term co-parenting
How do you know if a collaborative divorce is right for you?
Collaborative divorces are a wonderful option for dissolving a marriage, but may not be right for everyone. These are three signs that collaborative divorce may be right for you:
- You are both committed to an amicable process
- You are both willing to fully disclose all information necessary to settle an agreement
- You are both willing to abide by the final decisions
If you can respond positively to all of the caveats above, a collaborative divorce may be the right option for your family.