Getting a divorce is never easy, if you and your spouse are looking to end your marriage in the fairest and least destructive way possible, you may want to consider Collaborative Law. There are many benefits for both parties, not the least of which is the use of multidisciplinary professionals to help you resolve the varied, complex issues that arise in nearly every divorce.
What is a Collaborative Divorce?
When most people think about going through a divorce they picture long days in court with attorneys fighting their case in front of the judge. While this may be the only reasonable option for some, the growing use of collaborative law in divorce avoids the inefficiency and animosity of that process as much as possible by employing an informal collaborative process where each party signs an agreement not to litigate the case under any circumstances. By removing litigation as a potential threat, couples must work together to achieve mutually beneficial resolutions to their disputes.
A collaborative divorce allows the attorneys for both parties to bring in experts in specific areas to help identify the best possible course of action regarding things like child custody and visitation, the division of assets and debts, and any other issues that must be decided.
For example, when you need to split up financial assets such as retirement accounts, homes, investment properties, and even alimony or child support, it can be helpful to bring in a financial expert. The financial expert can look at your specific situation and this provides couples with the best opportunity to achieve truly equitable resolutions that are customized to their unique circumstances.
When children are involved, it can be particularly helpful to bring in a child psychologist or other expert in this field. They can look at the situation objectively and come up with an effective custody arrangement that will put the well-being of the children first while still ensuring both parents are very involved.
How Does It Work?
Once the experts have given their recommendations, both parties and their respective attorneys will meet to discuss the experts’ suggestions. While not binding, the expert recommendations can provide an excellent place to begin for reaching an amicable agreement.
Both parties and their attorneys will take the time to discuss their options and work to come to a mutually agreeable settlement. It is not always an easy process but those who commit to it often find that the process is far more efficient—and thus more affordable—than a drawn out court battle. In addition, all parties typically get more of what they want when they take this approach, allowing for a healthier relationship between the divorcing couple in their lives to come—particularly for those who must co-parent.
We Recommend Collaborative Divorce
Here at the Landerholm Law we highly recommend the collaborative divorce process whenever possible. Thanks to the utilization of multidisciplinary professionals and the other benefits inherent in the collaborative process, most people will find that a collaborative divorce is the best option for their families. If you’d like to learn more, please call us at 503-227-0200.