A "collaborative divorce" sounds like an oxymoron. You are ending a marriage, how can it be collaborative? Isn't your spouse now the enemy? The answer: they don't have to be.
If you're currently in the throes of a divorce or separation, you might be struggling to quickly learn the new legal lingo, not to mention the laws that go along with it. This can be frustrating for some considering the fact that some terms are used synonymously with one another despite being two different things.
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.
In the midst of filing for divorce, you can easily get overwhelmed by stress, frustration and anger. These emotions can make it hard to see beyond your current situation and make decisions that are in your best interests and the best interests of your family.
In recent years, we have seen a dramatic shift in how matters are resolved in a divorce. Rather than taking every case to court, most people are able to address and solve various issues through measures like mediation or collaborative divorce.
Most people are familiar with the process of dissolving a marriage through mediation. Considered more cost effective and less stressful than traditional divorce proceedings, mediation gives couples a chance to make all of the major decisions about their divorce instead of leaving it up to a judge, who may be a complete stranger to both spouses.
Not all divorces need to be long, drawn-out litigious experiences, with both parties fighting it out in court over assets and time with the children. Rather, more and more spouses are turning to collaborative divorce as a way to come to agreements on everything from property division to child custody.
In recent years, we have been hearing a lot more about collaborative, almost peaceful divorces. Couples are ending their marriage not out of anger but out of respect.
We often discuss the challenges that many people have when it comes to calculating and assigning child support. Of course this can be a contentious process, but ultimately, a decision will be made and an order for support will be issued.