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What you should know about the collaborative divorce process

Whether you are deciding to end your marriage or you get the sense your spouse is about to hand you divorce papers, you are probably stressing out. You may be fearful of the time-consuming, costly and confrontational process of getting a divorce. Thankfully, your divorce does not need to be like that.

You can divorce in a way that is more civil. If that sounds like a good idea to you, you should learn more about the collaborative divorce method.

The basics of collaborative divorce

Traditional law views divorce from a "fight and win" perspective. Collaborative law flips this idea on its head and turns divorce into a problem-solving process. Instead of arguing in a heated courtroom setting, you can negotiate in a neutral environment. 

This procedure requires you and your spouse to hire your own lawyers who practice collaborative law. Then, you each meet with your own attorneys privately. After that, you all meet and try to hash out the details of the settlement. You all sign an agreement that mandates the attorneys to withdraw from the situation if the case goes to court. This means the attorneys have an incentive to help you figure things out in a collaborative way. 

Advantages of collaborative divorce

Many benefits exist with avoiding the courtroom to solve your divorce problems. Most collaborative divorces are more efficient than litigation, so you can save a lot of time and money. If you spend less time arguing over the small details of your separation, you spend less money. A collaborative divorce is often less stressful, too. It takes place in an informal place that does not come with the trappings of a courtroom. You can exchange information freely, openly and honestly. 

You do not need to have a contentious divorce. Consider collaborating rather than battling.

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