Divorce proceedings are often a taxing time for couples and families. One way to reduce the tension is to consider a collaborative divorce, an easier approach than a traditional divorce.
Here are five benefits of getting a collaborative divorce:
1. You Have More Control
You have much more control over major decisions by seeking the collaborative divorce route.
You’ll have a greater say in decisions that will impact your life; for instance, child support, the division of property, and alimony, among other things. With a traditional divorce, important issues like these are relegated to the courts.
The increased control allows you to negotiate matters down to the last detail. This divorce style lets you control when and where you meet, what professionals are present, and more.
2. You Avoid Going to Court
Going about your divorce in a collaborative style will also save you time in court. Your future will not be in the hands of a judge who doesn’t know you or your situation intimately.
The entire model of a courtroom is adversarial and impersonal. Chances are, by the end of a court battle, you won’t be on speaking terms with each other. The collaborative style of divorce allows you to negotiate terms that work for both of you, which is a great incentive to stay out of court.
In addition to an attorney for each party, collaborative divorces take place in neutral settings with professionals of your choosing such as a financial planner, child psychologist, real estate broker, and parenting coordinator participating in the meetings.
3. It’ll Cost Less
The amount you save by choosing a collaborative divorce is significant.
The average contested divorce can cost $30,000 to $100,000 or more. In comparison, the price of a collaborative divorce can end up being much less. It’s cost-effective for all parties involved, even with hiring attorneys and other professionals on both sides that specialize in this process.
4. It’s Faster
Divorce proceedings have been known to continue for years. It’s particularly stressful and complex if children are involved.
In Texas, litigation alone takes at least nine months to reach a final trial. Litigation often can take longer with new hearings and disputes over evidence. On average, getting your case heard at trial takes three times longer than getting a collaborative divorce.
The entire collaborative divorce process works around the schedule of the two parties getting divorced. You’ll most likely be meeting in offices at times the parties set, which is much more convenient than dealing with a court’s schedule.
5. You’ll Have Less Stress and Anxiety
Divorces are stressful by nature. Divorce stress lowers immunity, making you more susceptible to illnesses.
Additionally, for those with emotional turmoil or instability in their lives already, divorce proves to be even more daunting.
The collaborative divorce process ensures that your needs will be heard and acknowledged in a dignified manner with negotiations, making the experience less stressful.
Work Together For a Positive Outcome
Collaborative divorce is a good solution for the 41 percent of first marriages that end in divorce. Take action and negotiate the terms of your divorce. Don’t leave it to the courts.
Contact us for assistance with your collaborative divorce and visit our website for information on divorce laws and proceedings.
Martha Bourne has represented individuals in divorces involving estates, large and small, for more than 30 years. She offers clients in complex divorces a non-adversarial approach, utilizing alternative dispute resolution methods to resolve family disputes. This approach minimizes stress levels and the hostility often encountered in intricate cases.