Divorce is a difficult and emotional process, but it can be even more challenging when it becomes a contentious and confrontational battle. Fortunately, there is an easier way out — a collaborative divorce.
As the name implies, a collaborative divorce involves working with your spouse to reach a mutually agreeable settlement instead of relying on the court to decide how everything will go. Here are some reasons why you should consider a collaborative divorce.
It’s easy on the children
The negative atmosphere associated with a contested divorce is bound to rub off on the children and adversely affect them. However, you can avoid the harmful effects of parental conflict on the children if you resolve things amicably. Also, co-parenting can be more efficient when you work with your spouse to create a parenting plan.
It is cheaper and faster
A litigated divorce can be expensive and take considerably longer to settle than a collaborative divorce. For starters, you will not have to deal with the bureaucracies and delays of court processes. Additionally, everything is bound to proceed more smoothly when there is goodwill from both sides.
There’s more privacy
Court proceedings are public, so anyone may be able to attend or obtain court records of what went on. However, in a collaborative divorce, proceedings are private, and only the parties involved can attend.
It puts you in greater control over your divorce
Collaborative divorce gives you the luxury of settling it in a way that works for everyone. When it is up to the court to decide, as is the case with a traditional divorce, your wishes and concerns may not be fully addressed or considered in the final judgment.
The list above is just the tip of the iceberg. There are numerous other reasons why you should consider a collaborative divorce. Whether you’re looking to reduce stress, save money, preserve relationships or protect your privacy, a collaborative divorce may be the best way of handling things.