Seeking Collaborative Efforts Toward a More Peaceful Divorce
Many decisions are involved in the divorce process, and both parties are usually seeking to protect their own futures as well as the futures of any minor children involved in the marriage. We previously discussed issues such as calculating child support and increasing the chance that both parents can be involved with the lives of children. Whether or not you have children, a collaborative divorce process might help you have greater peace and success with the entire process.
A collaborative divorce does not mean both individuals agree on everything and that there are no arguments regarding the division of property or support. What it does mean is that both individuals, along with their attorneys, enter into a mediation process that doesn’t always involve time spent arguing in court. The process is more about negotiation and finding a solution that works best for both parties.
Collaborative divorce helps two people who had a life together work together to separate those lives while recognizing that they share a history, a family and property. Collaboration helps divide property where possible in a way that makes sense for the people involved — which might not always be the court’s way of separating things.
Attorneys who are experienced with collaboration are able to work together and with clients to form solutions. When we spend most of our time and efforts on solutions instead of fighting legal battles, individuals often come away with a greater peace and closure about the divorce process — not to mention a greater chance at succeeding with personal goals during the process.
While we hold the collaborative process in high esteem, we do know that it doesn’t work for everyone. We work hard for our clients — whether in court or through collaboration — to help individuals create the strongest platform for success with their new lives.