The divorce process can be emotionally exhausting and cause more conflict than there was when you initially decided on a divorce. Thankfully, there is an alternative to traditional divorce that can make the process quicker and smoother: collaborative divorce. This alternative changes the process as well as the outcome, both in terms of asset separation and mental impact.
Is collaborative divorce right for you? This information can help you decide.
Collaborative Divorce Process
Collaborative divorce is fairly straightforward. Both parties have their own attorney who is experienced in mediation. Once each side has discussed their case with their counsel and made clear what their individual goals are, an initial meeting between both parties and their attorneys occurs. The next meetings will likely involve other professionals such as a financial professional, mental health professional, or an unbiased mediator who can help move the negotiations along.
When an agreement is reached, both sides sign an agreement without court involvement needed. The court will treat the matter as uncontested if successful, and the matter will be closed. If the agreement falls apart, the attorneys involved in the collaborative process are not allowed to represent the parties in court.
Collaborative Divorce vs Traditional Divorce
Collaborative divorce doesn’t work in every case. Here are some factors to consider when deciding if collaborative divorce is right for you:
- Are you on generally good terms with your partner? Traditional divorce is a stressful and contentious process by nature, and you don’t want to stir up conflict if it’s not necessary. Collaborative divorce helps you avoid unnecessary anger and fighting.
- Do you have children? Divorce is hard enough on kids; you don’t want to make it worse by prolonging the process and stirring up anger and resentment. If you believe that you can reach custody and child support arrangements without the help of a judge, collaborative divorce may be the way to go.
- Do you want to save money? Dragged-out legal trials can get expensive fast. Collaborative divorce allows for a quick and easy break that doesn’t drain all your funds.
Of course, two parties wanting to work together won’t necessarily mean an immediate resolution; they still have their differences. However, if they are both willing to work through negotiation or mediation, they can reach a compromise and get things settled much quicker.
Do you think that collaborative divorce is right for you? Do you have more questions regarding the collaborative process in the state of Texas? Contact Attorney Alison Grant today.