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What is collaborative law divorce and what are its benefits?

When a Pennsylvania couple is considering divorce, it is likely that they have many important questions and concerns. One question they may have is if there are options available that might make their divorce less acrimonious, costly and time consuming. One option that might help is a collaborative law divorce. The collaborative law divorce process is an out-of-court divorce option for couples to consider.

Unlike traditional divorce litigation, collaborative law does not involve the family court in the same manner a litigated divorce might. By committing to the collaborative divorce process, parties may be able to resolve their divorce and divorce-related concerns without the need to step into a courtroom. The collaborative law divorce process is designed to help the parties engage in creative problem solving aimed at reaching a negotiated settlement that meets the needs and goals of both individuals.

The collaborative law divorce process involves the divorcing couple signing an agreement to work together to solve divorce-related concerns and to freely exchange information relevant to the divorce. The most critical feature of the collaborative law divorce process is if either of the parties decides to go to court, their representatives must withdraw. While the collaborative divorce process is open, it is also more private than a litigated divorce. The couple may also agree to hire experts such as financial experts or mental health experts to help them with their divorce.

The family law process offers different options and resources for divorcing couples to consider based on their circumstances, needs and goals. The collaborative law options is one that is cooperative and solution-focused to help divorcing couples reach a divorce agreement without spending as much time, money and emotional resources as might otherwise be the case.

Source: FindLaw, "Collaborative Divorce: Overview," accessed on Aug. 21, 2017

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