Divorce Does Not Have To Be A Battleground: Collaborative Divorce

The old stereotype of a divorce being horribly nasty, antagonistic and vicious is being replaced by the idea of collaborative divorce. Both parties must agree to cooperate and collaborate, of course, but for couples who are simply ready to end their marriage in a civilized way, a collaborative divorce is often a good way to do that.

Collaborative divorce is another form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) — a way for parties to settle their differences without going to court. This methodology accounts for many lawsuits and divorce actions being settled and is usually a less expensive, less stressful process.

In collaborative law, developed by Minnesota attorney Stuart Webb, the parties and attorneys work together outside of court to reach an agreement through a more nonadversarial approach. Instead of a process governed by rule of law, as in traditional divorce, the collaborative process focuses on the concerns of the spouses and is generally more communicative and respectful.

The Advantages Of Collaborative Divorce

One major advantage to a collaborative divorce is that there is no judge or jury deciding the outcome. This puts the process squarely in the realm of the parties themselves. When there are children involved, it usually leads to a less stressful, more peaceful resolution.

Many couples who divorce want to "make peace" for the sake of their children. They try to put aside feelings of hurt, betrayal or animosity to work together to ensure that their children come through their divorce with minimal emotional damage. The collaborative process has been shown to be more conducive to that end.

Counselors, psychologists and financial experts are often consulted in a collaborative divorce.

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Call 678-926-9234 to talk to a lawyer today. You can also reach our Alpharetta office by filling out our contact form. Attorney Ed Hecht can assist you in your family law matter, whether it be through arguing your case in court to the judge or jury or in a more nonadverse nature through collaborative divorce or mediation.