Is Collaborative Divorce for Me?

Collaborative Divorce is gaining popularity across the Commonwealth and the U.S and an alternative to the traditional divorce process. It focuses on cooperation, open communication, and finding a mutually beneficial solution for both parties. It is a fantastic option for couples who want to avoid litigation and desire an amicable divorce settlement.  But, the process is not for everyone. Is this process right for you? Here are some factors to consider in making your decision!

  1. Willingness to Cooperate. Collaborative divorce requires both parties to be willing to work together and compromise to reach a settlement.  If you and your spouse are unable—or unwilling—to communicate and cooperate, then collaborative divorce may not be the best option.
  2. Complexity of Issues. Collaborative divorce is an effective way to resolve complex issues such as child custody, property division, and spousal support.  However, if the issues involved in your divorce are relatively simple and straightforward, you may not need the additional resources and support the collaborative process provides.
  3. Emotional Readiness. Collaborative divorce is emotionally challenging. It requires both parties to confront and resolve difficult issues.   If you and your spouse are not emotionally ready for this process, then this may not be the best option.
  4. Financial Situation. This process can be more expensive than traditional divorce, as it involves working with a team of professionals.  Also, each party is required to have their own attorney trained in the collaborative process.  If you are on a tight budget, collaborative divorce may not be the best option for you.
  5. Desire for Privacy and Control. This is a much more private process than traditional divorce, as it does not involve going to court.  It allows you and your spouse to have more control over the outcome of your divorce because you are working together to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.  If you desire that privacy and control, this would be a great option!

Ultimately, the decision to pursue collaborative divorce is a personal one that should be based on your individual circumstances and priorities.  If you have any questions, contact a family law lawyer—here at Bricker Graydon—we have attorneys that practice in collaborative divorce that would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the process.

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