If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, you may dread stressful litigation in which you have little control over the outcome.
Instead, you could choose collaborative divorce, a private and transparent option that has become a process many couples prefer.
How it works
You and your spouse will meet with your attorneys who are specially trained in collaborative law. Other professionals such as a divorce coach, a financial adviser and a child specialist will join the team to help you develop a divorce agreement that is satisfactory to you both. Meetings will take place outside of court without the presence of a judge. Both you and your spouse will sign a participation agreement affirming that you will work with one another respectfully, in good faith and with an open mind.
Divorcing couples appreciate collaboration not only for the privacy aspect but because it allows them to control the outcome of their divorce rather than having to abide by the decisions of a judge. Since it is a much less stressful and contentious process than litigation it is also easier on children. Moreover, it is frequently less expensive and takes less time. Once you and your spouse become used to open communication during the collaborative process, you will find it will help in the post-divorce era as you create a new family structure.
Forming the agreement
At the end of a successful collaborative process, you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse will have a legally binding agreement you can file with the court, one that serves your needs and the best interests of your children.