When it comes to divorce, most people would rather end things amicably then drag out the process in front of a judge. With collaborative divorce, this is possible and, in most cases, significantly less expensive than traditional divorce proceedings.
But aside from resolving things amicably and spending less money, are there any additional benefits collaborative divorce offers that traditional divorce simply can't? The answer is yes. There are at least five other advantages and they include:
- Spouses determine the divorce settlement, not a judge. One of the great things about collaborative divorce is that spouses work together, along with their attorneys, to reach a mutually acceptable settlement agreement regarding property and even spousal support, also known as alimony. In traditional divorce proceedings, these decisions are left to a judge who does not know the couple's situation as well as they do.
- A judge's involvement is minimal. If spouses are able to reach an amicable resolution and have signed the appropriate documents, then the only involvement a judge will have in their collaborative divorce is to sign the paperwork and make the divorce legal.
- Collaborative divorce is less stressful. Because collaborative divorce is based on compromise and a desire to maintain control over the situation, collaborative divorce is oftentimes less stressful than litigation. In addition, there is a neutral fianancial specialist who collects the financial information and helps both parties understand all financial issues. Having the time to meet and discuss in a calm manner also lessens stress. Lastly, each person has a divorce coach who helps the parties with the emotional and communication problems that typically exist in a divorce.
- Your rights and best interests are fully protected. While mediation can be a useful divorce alternative, mediators cannot provide the same legal advice an attorney can. With collaborative divorce, you have your own legal counsel who you can talk to and make sure the decisions you and your spouse come up with are in your best interests. You have the support of a team who can help you make better and more informed decisions.
- Your children's concerns are considered. Often in a litigated divorce, the chidlren's interests and concerns are overlooked. In collaborative divorce, there is a child specialist who meets with you and your children, together and individually, then informs you and your collaborative team about his or her findings. Receiving information about your children and what is going on with them provides you with invaluable assistance when making the best decisions regaring your children.