When dissolving your marriage, working alongside your spouse with a team of professionals helps make the entire process easier than battling it out in court. The Collaborative Law Divorce process is a kinder way to divide assets and address child custody issues. As an Alternative Dispute Resolution, this process offers another pathway to dissolve a marriage respectfully.
Current Court Schedules Limiting Divorce Proceedings
Currently, social distancing parameters due to the COVID-19 pandemic have affected the local court system. Many courts are only hearing family-related cases on an emergency basis. Consider using the Collaborative Law Divorce process to dissolve your marriage instead of waiting for courts to reopen fully.
Work With a Team of Professionals
The Collaborative Law Divorce process allows you and your spouse to come together along with a team of professionals. This team consists of independent experts in their field that can help both sides reach an agreement amicably. You’ll work with attorneys, coaches, and financial experts who can recommend what would be best for the family. Parenting experts are also available to help ease the transition of how divorce affects children.
Stay Outside of the Courtroom
Instead of having to attend court to fight against your spouse, the Collaborative Law Divorce process allows you to stay outside of the courtroom. You won’t have to experience the stress of going to court and can reach an agreement in a comfortable and open setting.
Get Your Voice Heard
One of the benefits of this style of Alternative Dispute Resolution is that you have multiple professionals listening to your side of the story. Instead of only working with one attorney, your team of professionals can include coaches, mediators, financial, and parenting experts. The team works together to hear the concerns of each spouse and can help filter or reframe issues that are hard to understand. Many of the experts involved in Collaborative Divorce help bring clarity to the situation that may not always be possible when working with a single litigation lawyer.
Make Divorce a Little Easier
Every divorce involves pain. Dissolving a marriage and ending a chapter of your life always includes some emotion and stress. However, choosing Collaborative Law Divorce makes the process a little easier as you can work alongside your spouse, instead of battling against them, for the best of the family. Couples who choose this process not only utilize their attorneys, but they also use the help of other professionals that can help start the healing process. These neutral parties can see the big picture and can help each spouse walk away satisfied.
Invest in a Kinder Process
When divorcing through litigation, it is normal for both spouses to hire an attorney. While the fees for attorneys may be small at first, the costs grow as the case progresses. The litigation process requires an attorney at all times, which can quickly add up in terms of fees.
When divorcing using a Collaborative Process, couples often invest more in the beginning due to the team of professionals working with them. These fees are shared by both parties involved and help create better long term solutions that work for the entire family. As the case moves forward, the overall costs are usually lower as you spend time with less expensive (than lawyers) professionals like parenting professionals and coaches. The financial benefit of using a team in the Collaborative Law Divorce process is an investment in keeping the divorce process less stressful and the future health of the family as it goes through transition.
Collaborative Law Divorce Process FAQ
Still have questions? Check out the following common questions about Collaborative Law Divorce.
Who Is Involved In the Collaborative Law Divorce process?
The usual participants include:
- Divorcing Couple
- Separate attorneys for each spouse
- Coaches who help each communicate in a way that the other can listen, and helps the other party listen to “hear” what their spouse is trying to communicate. Otherwise, the parties may continue to display the same ineffective communication they have in the past. In addition, they work with the clients on their emotional reactions and drivers that often interfere with the parties’ ability to process the information before them and make decisions clearly. In short, they help to enable the parties to move forward in a way that lawyers are not trained to do.
- Financial Expert
- Parenting Expert
Is the Collaborative Law Divorce Process Right for Me?
The couples who have the most success dissolving their divorce using this option are open, honest, and willing to work together. Both you and your spouse must be willing to work together to find the best solution that is a win-win for the entire family. If either you or your spouse are not willing to do so, you may need to choose another divorce option.
How Long Does the Collaborative Law Divorce Process Take?
Every divorce situation is different. The Collaborative Law Divorce process does not rely on court schedules. Therefore, it is possible that the divorce process takes less time than litigation. The focus on teamwork from everyone involved helps cut down on the time it takes to reach an agreement.
Is the Collaborative Law Divorce Process Confidential?
Yes. While everyone involved in the team will have access to what is discussed during meetings, your information and discussions are kept private and are not reported to the court.
How Much Does This Divorce Option Cost?
While any divorce proceeding can be expensive, the Collaborative Law Divorce process does cost more to start. This is due to the team of professionals that are required at the beginning of the process. As the process moves forward, the cost usually goes down when less input is needed from the team.
In addition, because while working with the other team professionals, the parties are not spending as much time with their attorneys at a higher hourly rate, and are sharing the costs of the professionals instead of each working with a separate professional at their sole costs.
Do I Need My Own Financial or Parenting Expert?
No, couples who choose Collaborative Law Divorce work with a financial or parenting expert and share the costs of those mutually agreed upon experts.
Do I Need To Go To Court During the Collaborative Law Divorce Process?
No, the Collaborative Divorce Process is settled completely outside of the courtroom. Only the final documents to effectuate the divorce are filed, without a hearing.