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What is collaborative divorce?

The divorce process allows couples to reach agreements concerning important divorce-related issues. Sometimes, however, divorcing couples experience difficulties resolving disputes and encounter differences related to the division of property, spousal support, child support, child custody and visitation or other divorce-related issues. Collaborative divorce is an option that allows couples to focus on problem solving and solutions rather than differences and disputes.

Collaborative divorce provides a process to help divorcing couples work together. The process begins with an agreement between the parties to work together and to be transparent in sharing information. The representatives for the parties agree to withdraw if the process breaks down and heads to court which also creates a safe environment in which to share and exchange information. The collaborative law process involves a variety of professionals, including counseling professionals and financial experts, to help the couple reach a comprehensive divorce settlement, whenever possible, regarding divorce-related issues.

Additional benefits of collaborative divorce include a typically quicker resolution to the divorce and a less costly resolution as well. The collaborative divorce process can also provide a smoother, more amicable and less contentious divorce process that can be better for divorcing couples and their families. Divorce can be an unquestionably challenging and emotional process but non-traditional divorce options are available to help couples reach a settlement agreement they can both live with that involves minimal stress commonly associated with divorce.

Overall, the family law legal process provides different solutions and options for couples and families to help them with the challenges and changes they face. It is important for divorcing couples to be familiar with the different options available to meet their needs and respond to their concerns.

Source: Family.findlaw.com, "Collaborative Divorce: Overview," Accessed Sept. 14, 2016

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