When facing the complex and emotional challenges involved with a divorce, the last thing you want to deal with is months in court, endless legal fees, and a fight for compromise. Unlike traditional divorce litigation which often involves all of the above, a collaborative divorce is a viable alternative for any couple hoping to reach a fair divorce settlement with fewer complications. So, what is collaborative divorce, and why is this often a better solution by going through divorce mediation?
A Neutral Space for Compromise
During a collaborative divorce, both parties and their representative agree to discuss the terms of the divorce settlement without litigation in court. Unlike the traditional spouse-versus-spouse court battle, collaborative divorce and mediation focus on troubleshooting the issues and reaching an agreement that works for both parties. As the name implies, an equal collaboration between both parties is essential, and a collaborative divorce plan only works when both sides are willing to discuss and agree to the terms of a fair settlement.
Finding a divorce mediation attorney is the easiest way to begin the collaborative divorce process. If both parties agree to work with this neutral third-party mediator, you will never have to step foot in a courtroom, they assist with all of the legal requirements, and they will help you finalize a comprehensive divorce agreement covering important topics, such as:
- Child Custody & Child Support
- Division of Debts & Assets
- Alimony Support
- & Other Post-Divorce Considerations
Other Reasons to Consider a Collaborative Divorce Mediation
In addition to avoiding the stressful and expensive courtroom experience, utilizing an unbiased mediator is a better way to address sensitive subjects with level-head reasoning. A mediator will keep the discussion focused on the facts, rather than allowing heated emotions or stressful circumstances from interfering with the shared goal of reaching a reasonable resolution.
When both parties are willing to remain flexible and collaborate, the benefits of choosing this less-combative approach to divorce result in:
- Time Saved: A collaborative divorce can be completed within weeks, and all documentation/correspondence with the courts is handled by your mediator.
- Money Saved: If you work with a single mediator, you can avoid hiring multiple lawyers and the excessive costs associated involved with other ongoing legal fees.
- Reduced Anger & Resentment: With a professional and neutral advisor providing a calm environment for discussion, everyone will feel respected and treated fairly throughout the process.
- Needs & Desires Respected: Factual discussions lead to fairness that protects the well-being of everyone involved. A collaborative divorce is especially beneficial when children are involved because of the complexities associated with shared responsibilities like transportation, education, and housing.
Is a Collaborative Divorce Right for Your Situation?
If you and your spouse don’t necessarily agree on everything, but you would prefer to avoid the difficulties associated with traditional divorce litigation, then it’s in your best interest to consider a collaborative divorce. Get in touch with our experienced mediators, and we’ll gladly walk you through the step-by-step process today.