It is not uncommon for spouses going through a divorce to disagree on various factors of their split including property division, child custody, and support. Collaborative divorce is one option in resolving such disputes.
Collaborative divorce is the process in which you and your spouse negotiate an agreement on such matters that is acceptable to you both with the aid of outside professionals. Attorneys specially trained in collaborative divorce are hired by you and your spouse to help reach a settlement agreement. You will meet separately with your attorney prior to and commonly after you meet with your spouse and their attorney you. Once agreements on the issues at stake are made, you can move forward with an uncontested divorce.
Through a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse can:
- Find a resolution through a temporary agreement
- Exchange the necessary information voluntarily
- Save on legal expenses and time
- Find an acceptable solution for both partners
- Agree on how to handle decisions after the divorce
However much you decide to try and accomplish through a collaborative divorce is up to you but it can only save you time and money. The collaborative process is also more discreet and dignified than the typical divorce court.
On the other hand, there are some situations in which the best option is divorce court. If your spouse and/or their lawyer is aggressive and combative, the collaboration process will probably be futile. If your spouse is belligerent or untrustworthy, you may want to go to court rather than give mediation or collaboration a try.
Contact the Kalled Law Offices, PLLC today for questions or to being the collaborative divorce process.