The collaborative law divorce process can provide a different path through the divorce process than fighting everything out in divorce court. Because it is a different approach than the traditionally-litigated divorce, it can also provide many benefits including being a less costly and less time-consuming process.
What are the potential benefits of the collaborative divorce process?
The collaborative divorce process takes a different approach than divorce litigation by helping divorcing couples with their divorce settlement. The benefits of collaborative law can include:
- Saves money leading to fewer litigated disputes;
- Saves time because there are fewer litigated disputes;
- Takes place in an informal setting;
- Involves an open, informal and free exchange of information;
- Helps the divorcing spouses negotiate a divorce outcome that is best for them; and
- Creates a framework for deciding post- divorce settlement disputes that may arise later.
Collaborative divorce is a negotiation process based on divorcing spouses working together rather than litigating each dispute in divorce court as part of their divorce. This requires the divorcing couple to be transparent and also commit to working together, along with their representatives, to reach agreements. If the spouses are not serious about the process, it is less likely to be beneficial for them.
Divorce-related topics that can be negotiated and resolved during the collaborative divorce process include property division, spousal support, child support and child custody concerns. These concerns can often be difficult to resolve and may lead to disputes which is why the potential advantages of collaborative divorce should be known to divorcing couples.