What is A Collaborative Divorce?

What is A Collaborative Divorce?

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Divorce proceedings are never easy and almost always a difficult thing to go through because they can often drag on and extend needlessly. When both parties want to help speed up the process or even just move on, there are many ways to resolve the divorce without the messy and long court proceedings. Two of the more common methods are litigation and mediation, which can be fast ways to dissolve the marriage without the hassle and added legal fees.

However for many divorces there’s a new method of dissolution and it’s called collaborative divorce. Just as its name implies, this type of divorce law resolution requires both parties to work together towards a common goal. So if you are wondering just what a collaborative divorce is check out the bullet points below to see what it’s all about.

Cooperation – Collaborative divorce is all about cooperation towards a common goal, or in any divorce a successful separation. Whereas a traditional divorce can be combative and drawn out, the collaborative process is mutually respectful and an expedited means in which you can reach an agreement.

Team Effort – Because there’s no magistrate or mediator in place, you need a total team effort to make sure that your future isn’t more complicated and clouded then it needs to be. This helps you reach an agreement without going to court and avoiding mediation or having choices and decisions guided by a third party.

Win-Win Solution – Collaborative divorces are designed to work for the benefit of both parties, making it easily one of the more intuitive and successful styles of divorce law. Because these types of divorces are guided and managed by the parties involved, it’s one of the true win-win situations for any divorce.

Cost Effective – Very rarely is a divorce ever associated with cost savings, and it’s because of the many different people involved in the process. Mediators, lawyers and court fees can cut into your finances and cause stress in an already very stressful situation.

Because you are working together without the presence of a third party, you can save time and money in your divorce proceedings.

In closing this style of divorce may be rare but it’s benefits are unquestionable and can really help you through this difficult time. Because this style of divorce requires mutual respect and openness, it’s definitely one avenue that isn’t open to everyone. But if you and your partner are still on good terms and see the benefits of an open and working divorce proceedings this kind of arrangement can be highly beneficial.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Chase Hopkins
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Giving you as much advise as possible so you can make the most educated decisions during your divorce. All divorces are unique and should be treated as so.

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  1. Collaborator From Canada
    November 30, 21:01 Reply
    A couple of respectful comments: I don't believe this author knows anything about the Collaborative process. There is no useful detail at all, and a simple repeating of the need to work together. If someone reading this was even in a low-level of conflict with their spouse, they would believe that Collaborative isn't meant or even available for them. Which of course is poppycock! The process, now mostly occurring in the form of teams (each spouse has a lawyer, plus we use a neutral family (usually mental health background/trained) professional and a neutral financial professional) this structure can assist parties even with high conflict to navigate the choppiest divorce waters and still end up with a negotiated solution. Next time you want to write about Collaborative, seek out someone with experience please. (*raises hand) Also - I think (hope?) the first paragraph has a typo: " . . . litigation and mediation, which can be fast ways . . ." Um, what? Litigation is fast? Don't think so.
    • Thom Slade
      December 02, 17:36 Reply
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