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Understanding collaborative divorce basics

There are different options for divorcing couples to consider as alternatives to traditional divorce litigation. These alternative options fall into a category referred to as alternate dispute resolution and include mediation and collaborative divorce. Collaborative divorce requires a commitment from the divorcing couple to the process and can provide many benefits in return.

While this blog recently discussed benefits of mediation, collaborative divorce is another beneficial alternative to consider. Both mediation and collaborative divorce allow divorcing couples to reach settlements concerning their divorce-related concerns rather than to litigate them through the family law court. The family law court is always available to help but litigating divorce-related issues can be costlier and more time-consuming. Divorce-related concerns including property division, child custody, spousal support and child support can all be addressed through the family law process.

Collaborative divorce includes an agreement between the parties to work together to reach shared agreements. They also agree to communicate openly and in the spirit of settlement. In addition, their representatives agree to withdraw if the couple decides to pursue divorce litigation. Third party professionals, such as financial experts and counseling experts, may also be involved. The collaborative divorce process can be less stressful and acrimonious for the couple, children and families and create a framework for addressing additional concerns down the road.

Because of the many benefit of collaborative divorce, it is helpful for divorcing couples to understand and consider. Knowing what options are available to them can help them resolve their divorce-related concerns in the best way possible for their family.

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