Navigating the divorce process through collaboration

| May 14, 2020 | Collaboration & Mediation |

While the end result may be desirable, divorce is hard. You might be prepared to deal with the long road ahead of you towards a new single life; however, it doesn’t have to be lengthy, overly difficult and overwhelmingly emotional. Divorce will always be an emotional life event, as it is a major change; however, if you and your spouse can find common ground and have the ability to work together, this could reduce some of the hard parts of the divorce process.

Alternative dispute resolutions, such as collaborative law, are often sought because they present the options for a quicker, more affordable option to get a divorce. However, like any divorce, this does not eliminate the emotions or the amount of issues that spouses need to address to reach a divorce settlement.

While collaborative divorce is considered a respectful and amicable way to work through a divorce, spouses will still need to address custody, property division and support, and none of these topics are easy to discuss. However, by being open and willing to hear each other out, these divorce issues can timely and fairly be resolved.

For many divorcing parents, they say that the hardest part of divorce is matters involving their children; specifically, child custody. Depending on the age of the children, the circumstances of the divorce and what post-divorce life will look like for each parent, this can open up various custody arrangements.

Others might say leaving the family home was the hardest part of the divorce process for them. Property division can be a very contentious divorce issue, resulting in some spouses parting with property and assets that they felt they were entitled to. A new beginning, especially when you don’t know where you will live, can be scary and emotional. And if one feels financially ruined by the process, it can make it even more challenging. With collaborative divorce, these concerns can be vocalized, helping each spouse to come to terms with a division of property that is not only fair but considerate.

Although the end goal is the same, each and every divorce is unique. When you decide to file for divorce, each of your unique issue requires attention and the need to be addressed and resolved. Thus, divorce should be approached in the manner in which is most suitable for a spouse and couple. If you seek to utilize collaborative law in part or in whole to finalize your divorce, it is important to fully understand this process and the benefits it may provide.