Marriages end for lots of reasons. But even when it makes sense for a couple to split up, that doesn’t mean they want to go through an angry, aggressive, or acrimonious divorce. That is exactly why collaborative divorce has become such a popular option in recent years. Couples can settle the important issues relevant to a divorce without creating deeper or newer wounds in the process. This quick overview should give you an idea of whether collaborative divorce is the right option for you and your spouse.
What is Collaborative Divorce?
The name does a lot to describe what a collaborative divorce involves. Rather than relying on the combative environment of a courtroom and the final decision-making of a judge, couples take advantage of mediation and negotiation to settle a divorce amicably and collaboratively. The goal is not for one side to “win” but for couples to productively and equitable dissolve a marriage in a way that works for everyone. Collaborative divorce may not be the right option for all couples. But for some couples, it is the only option that will work.
Why Choose Collaborative Divorce?
You are right to wonder if collaborative divorce is the best option. You should also investigate whether it creates any obstacles or setbacks. After all, there is a lot riding on the outcome of your divorce, and you will not want to agree to terms that negatively affect you for years to come. But it’s just as important to understand why collaborative divorce is better than a traditional divorce proceeding:
- The option is lower cost and typically quicker to complete
- The informal setting of a mediation is more comfortable for most people
- Couples are free to dictate the course of the conversation so that information is exchanged naturally and easily
- Plans are made to handle disputes that come up after the settlement
- The end result is one that both parties can agree on.
Even if there are hard feelings between you and your spouse, collaborative divorce could be the best option to help you achieve the outcomes you really want. To learn more, contact Erica N. Bansmer Attorney at Law by calling 209-474-2400.Back to blog home