Collaborative Divorce Can Be Healthy, Easier Way to End Marriage
It might not make sense for some. Couples get divorced because they can't communicate well with each other. They don't get along, right? That might be the case for some marriages but not necessarily for all.
Depending on the relationship between divorcing parties and what they want out of their split, collaborative divorce could be a good idea for them. A collaborative approach to family law essentially aims to take the adversarial component out of the process and sets the stage for an out-of-court negotiation between divorcing parties.
Collaborative divorce can benefit families in the following ways and more:
People tend to communicate in healthier ways in this approach as opposed to when their lawyers might try to pit them against each other in court. Collaboration during the divorce process can better prepare them for collaboration once the divorce is final, which is important for those with children.
The collaborative approach tends to be less expensive and time consuming because less is done in court. Parties, however, might feel as though they are less rushed as they might be during the standard divorce process. They are in charge of the negotiations and collaborative process.
Many couples choose the collaborative approach not for their own sakes but for the sakes of their children. Parents who make more customized divorce settlements about the future of their kids and who do so via healthier communication are more likely to get out of the divorce process with their children less emotionally affected. That's an important win for a lot of families.
The collaborative divorce approach still involves family law attorneys; each spouse should have his and her own legal representation guiding them through the process.
Source: The Tennessean, "Collaborative divorce offers options to court battles," Maura Ammenheuser, March 21, 2013
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