Ending a marriage is a difficult life event to go through. While it is an emotional experience because it is a major change, it does not need to any more difficult than it already is. This doesn’t mean it will be easy; however, divorcing couples may have the option to smoothly go through the steps so they can have an amicable party. Although some divorces can be high-conflict, others can move forward with collaboration. For these divorcing couples, a collaborative divorce may be the best option.
How a collaborative divorce works
The costs and time it takes to get divorced can be daunting and hard to swallow. This does even address the toll the process it can take on spouses and their children. Thus, many look for a way to reduce how long the process takes and the costs associate with it. This is where collaborative divorce turns into a realistic option. However, in order for this process to be successful and even feasible, both spouses need to be willing to work together to determine the best way to settle divorce issues, such as property division, child custody and support.
Collaborative divorce is an alternative dispute resolution process that uses both mediation and negotiations to settle a divorce out of court. In order for this process to work, both spouses must be willing participants. Otherwise, it could waste time and money in the long run.
The benefits of collaborative divorce
The major benefit of a collaborative divorce is the fact that it allows couples to divorce without taking the matter to court to be decided by a judge. In turn, this provides other benefits. This can include saving money, saving time, the process taking place in an informal setting, creating an environment that involves the free, open, informal and honest exchange of information, the ability to decide how post-settlement disputes will be handled and allows each spouse to negotiate a result that works best for them.
Divorce is not easy, but it could be an easier process for those seeking an amicable resolution. For spouses seeking to reduce the time and costs associated with the divorce process, a collaborative divorce may be a valuable approach to take.