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Is a collaborative divorce right for you?

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | Collaborative Law

Divorce can be a difficult word to say, and it is often a process that is challenging to navigate. Emotions are often high, making an already complex event even more taxing. However, one does not always need to go the traditional route when it comes to getting a divorce.

A Collaborative divorce may be a suitable option. This can help reduce the conflict in the process, take you out of the courtroom setting and it can assist with an agreeable and favorable result for both parties.

Understanding Collaborative divorce

The basic premise of the Collaborative divorce process is that both parties have agreed to not litigate the matter. Thus, the parties will utilize various team members and participate in negotiations in a meeting-like setting to settle their divorce. In order to utilize the Collaborative divorce process, both parties’ attorneys must have special training.

The success of the Collaborative process is often reliant on the cooperation of both parties. In other words, each spouse must be a willing participant and agrees to negotiate or mediate the divorce in good faith. Any reluctance or disputes could cause the process to fail.

Benefits over a traditional divorce

The Collaborative divorce process is unique, as it involves a Collaborative divorce team. What that means is that it involves more than just the divorcing spouses and their attorneys. Depending on the details of your divorce, your Collaborative divorce team could include your attorneys, divorce coaches, financial specialists, and child specialists. This benefits the process, as it can help both parties be fully informed and ensure their questions and concerns are addressed, and ultimately make the negotiation sessions more successful.

Furthermore, a Collaborative divorce provides the parties with decision-making power, may save the parties time and money, and is confidential. Collaborative divorce also promotes an open exchange of information, encourages the disclosure of relevant information, reduces conflict and stress, and provides the parties with the opportunity to negotiate a divorce settlement rather than leaving the details of their lives to a Judge to decide.

Divorce is not easy. Even when you can come together with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, it is still an emotional life event. Thus, it is important to have a clear picture of your matter, options, and legal rights. If you are wondering whether Collaborative divorce is right for you, call the law office of Ruppert & Schaefer today to learn more.