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What is collaborative divorce?

Collaborative divorce is a time and money saving alternative to the traditional divorce litigation process. Rather than engaging in contentious courtroom disputes, divorcing couples may wish to avoid litigation and consider collaborative family law as an alternative. Divorcing couples may wonder, however, how collaborative divorce works.

As the name suggests, the process is more collaborative than the sometimes adversarial nature of litigating a divorce. Couples agree to work together in an open and honest manner to resolve divorce-related issues and the representatives for the couples withdraw if the divorce proceeds to court. In addition, the collaborative divorce process provides privacy that the courtroom setting does not and discussions that are part of the collaborative divorce process are not used in court.

The goal of the collaborative divorce process is to help divorcing couples negotiate to reach agreements concerning divorce-related issues such as property division, child custody, child support and alimony while reducing the amount of time, money and acrimony spent on the divorce. The process is solution oriented and focuses on reaching shared agreements between the couple. In addition, experts such as financial experts or psychology experts may also be called in to help the couple resolve divorce-related issues.

The divorce process can be a stressful time but collaborative divorce seeks to make it less so. It also provides more control over the process for the divorcing couple which can be beneficial so it is certainly helpful for couples to be familiar with all their options when considering divorce, including the collaborative divorce process.

Source: Family.findlaw.com, "How Collaborative Divorce Works: FAQs," Accessed Jan. 5, 2017

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