Divorce is often filled with roadblocks and detours, there can be so many gray areas that need to be worked through, and it can be financially and emotionally draining.
But did you know there is a process that looks at the family as a whole?
The goal is to help couples divorce amicably, co-parent together and keep the family unit intact for the future by not pitting couples against each other in a bitter court-litigated divorce.
It is called a collaborative divorce. Let’s dive into the process to learn more about it.
In a traditional court divorce, you will often see threats of lengthy litigation and the court intervening and making decisions without knowing the family and its individual needs.
But with the collaborative divorce process, all participants from the team to the couple, agree at the beginning to work in a respectful manner that does not seek to rip the family apart.
The goal is to resolve issues peacefully and come to an agreement amicably in the most cost- and time-effective manner while utilizing professionals such as an attorney for each spouse, mental health professionals for the couple and their children, and financial neutrals to work harmoniously together to explore settlement options that are mutually agreeable to their clients.
This dispute resolution process is founded on the principle that everyone involved, including the panel of experts, contractually agrees they will not go to court. This is accomplished by meetings and negotiations that include both spouses.
By involving the couple, it ensures they are directly involved in the process.
The unique feature of the collaborative divorce process is that it encourages creative problem solving, win-win negotiations and resolutions that meet the needs of all members of the family.
Note: This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal/financial/tax/or mental health advice. You should work with your attorney, financial, mental health or tax professional to determine what will work best for your situation.