It is no secret that divorce cases are often expensive and costly. This is particularly true in instances where you and your spouse may not be able to agree on even the smallest of matters.
If you and your spouse find you can compromise on some issues, but not all of them, it may be a good idea to investigate a collaborative divorce. Not only can this save you time and money, but it may also be an easier process overall for both of you.
What is a collaborative divorce?
According to FindLaw, a collaborative divorce is one that is kept out of the courtroom and focuses on mediation and negotiation between you and your spouse. Instead of focusing on “winning,” the emphasis is on compromising.
During a collaborative divorce, you and your attorney will meet with your spouse and his or her attorney to negotiate things like property division, child support and alimony. In cases where you and your spouse simply cannot come to an agreement, a mediator may come in to help facilitate the negotiation.
What are the benefits of a collaborative divorce?
Collaborative divorces generally cost less and take less time than a conventional divorce. Instead of proceeding in a courtroom, the meetings will take place in a more relaxed setting. Because the focus is on finding a way to compromise, both parties may experience fewer hostile feelings than in a traditional divorce.
Collaborative divorces are not likely to work if either you or your spouse are reluctant to compromise on important issues. In these cases, it may be better to proceed straight to litigation.