Collaborative Divorce focuses on all the couple reaching a mutually agreed upon settlement of their disputes. The process results in invaluable benefits. It creates a cooperative environment where communication remains open, which provides a setting where the parties can work together to meet the needs of your family moving forward. This helps set a tone for open communication and reduced conflicts in the future.
It establishes a team instead of adversaries. Your lawyer supports you, your spouse’s lawyer supports your spouse, but you all work together and in doing so, retain control of the process.
In matters requiring expert opinions, both parties can jointly hire one independent consultant, which helps shorten the duration of the case and the overall expense.
You and your spouse shape the agreement together, which means you both are more likely to adhere to it. That diminishes the parental conflict the adversarial system generates and helps you protect your children from facing the anguish and divided loyalties that result.
You can schedule meetings without waiting for court dates. That means you generally spend less time and, as a result, less money, to reach closure. It also means you reduce the fear and anxiety associated with court proceedings.
Your issues stay within the collaborative law setting. That gives you more privacy and greater confidentiality, and less stress during an already stressful time.