Ending a marriage or a long-term relationship can be a daunting experience. If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage one of the concerns you might have is how the divorce will impact your children, finances and emotional health.
If you are looking for ways of ending your marriage in a mutually-respectful and cost-effective way, then you need to look no further than collaborative divorce. A collaborative divorce allows a divorcing couple, with the help of their legal representatives, to reach agreements on the different aspects of their divorce contract such as property division, child custody and visitation.
The ultimate goal of collaborative divorce is to negotiate a win-win solution during the divorce process. Before you start, however, there are two key questions to ask:
Are you keen to handle your divorce in a civil manner?
Opting for collaborative divorce means that you and your spouse are interested in ending your marriage in a respectful and healthy manner, without drama.
Of course, every divorce comes with its share of challenges. However, in collaborative divorce, the parties involved must make a conscious decision to be respectful of each other during the divorce process.
Are you committed to making decisions without the court’s intervention?
Some of the most contentious issues during the divorce process are usually child custody and support, spousal support and property division. Collaborative divorce can help you resolve these issues without having to go to court.
The benefit of this is that you and your spouse are then free to craft agreements that are tailored to your family’s unique needs. You won’t be stuck with a judge’s “cookie-cutter” approach to custody or other important issues.
A collaborative divorce is a great alternative for a divorcing couple who are keen to save time, money and avoid acrimony during the divorce process. However, for it to work, both parties must be ready to put in some work and dedication.