In a collaborative divorce, the couple agrees to work together closely to determine child custody and financial arrangements for the highest benefit of all family members.
Instead of presenting relevant information to a judge and letting him or her decide, the parties keep greater control of the outcome themselves.
How collaborative divorce works
A collaborative divorce is similar to an uncontested divorce but with an added focus on support and cooperation. With this type of settlement, it is important to clarify the most contentious issues and find solutions, maximizing the chance of success in the midst of trying circumstances.
In a collaborative divorce, the couple signs a pledge to work together and reach an agreement without the court’s intervention. They agree to exchange honest data in a quest for fair resolutions. If this process fails, the couple will need to pursue a contested divorce instead.
Advantages of a collaborative divorce
The advantages of a collaborative divorce compared to contested divorce include:
- A couple can more easily emerge from the proceedings with a solid relationship for sharing childraising and for socializing with mutual friends
- The process should cost much less since no one is paying for a dispute in court
- The process can take as long as needed to get it right
- Participants in a mutually agreed-upon settlement are more likely to honor its terms
With collaborative divorce, an unsuccessful marriage may lead to a separation that goes well, setting the stage for a fine future for all parties concerned.