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How does collaborative divorce work?

On Behalf of | May 16, 2023 | Divorce |

If you are considering a collaborating divorce, learning more about the process can help you make an informed decision.

Seeking a collaborative divorce can help prevent unnecessary hardship and emotional turmoil for your family, your ex and yourself. Furthermore, collaborative divorce gives you more input into your divorce agreement than a court battle.

Discussion and collaboration

First, you should consult your spouse about seeking a collaborative divorce and discuss if it suits your situation. A collaborative divorce is a great option if both parties want to divorce and have maintained a respectful and trusting relationship. Then, each of you can consult your attorneys and present any relevant information. Finally, if you decide to move forward with your collaborative divorce, you and your ex can sign a contract to initiate the process and begin exploring crucial issues and resolving areas of dispute.

The two of you should gather important documents regarding your assets and finances. Then, with your attorneys present, you can discuss essential topics like property separation and childcare, looking for opportunities to solve problems and make compromises.

Creating a divorce agreement

Based on your negotiations and conversations, your lawyers can develop a divorce settlement agreement. This document has comprehensive guidelines regarding child custody, support and division of assets. You can both make changes to the agreement until you are ready to submit it to family court. Generally, approval is common for divorce settlement agreements that emerge from collaborative processes.

For many divorcing couples, collaborative divorce provides a way to end a marriage without fighting or harming one another. You can communicate your concerns and resolve problems peacefully by engaging in collaborative divorce.