There is no question about it: Divorce is tough. However, a collaborative divorce can make the process less stressful and much easier on you, your soon-to-be ex-spouse, and children.
What Is a Collaborative Divorce?
A collaborative divorce refers to a process of dissolving your marriage by resolving your differences together rather than fighting the battle in court. It involves negotiating and mediating the issues so that you and your spouse can walk away from your marriage knowing that you solved the issues on your own without forcing a judge to make the decisions for you.
However, a collaborative divorce is not the right answer for everyone. In order for you to successfully utilize a collaborative divorce to end your marriage, both you and your spouse need to be willing to participate. You need to both understand that divorce is a negotiation process and be willing to set aside your emotions and deal only in facts.
Benefits to a Collaborative Divorce
There are several differences to a collaborative divorce if you are able to use it. In addition to making the divorce process much easier for everyone involved, especially your kids, a collaborative divorce:
– Saves money – you spend less on attorney’s fees by doing most of the negotiations yourselves.
– Saves time – fighting in court is very time-consuming because you have to work on the court’s calendar, not yours. By working through the issues yourselves, you won’t have to miss work and use up your vacation days.
– Allows you to have control over the process – you will have to share control with your ex-spouse, but ultimately the marriage will end the way you two want it to and based on your terms.
– Lets you negotiate a divorce settlement that works best for your family – working with your soon-to-be ex-spouse prevents a judge who is not familiar with your family from making the final decisions for you.
What Happens If You Decide You Want a Collaborative Divorce
If you and your spouse can agree that a collaborative divorce is the best option, the first step is to talk to a Central Valley family law attorney who understands negotiation, mediation, and your desire to make your divorce as easy as possible.
You and your attorney will need to decide what it is that you want from the divorce and how you are willing to compromise. You and your spouse can reach agreements on your own, or you can bring in a professional mediator to help.
Call an Experienced Central Valley Collaborative Divorce Attorney
If you are going through a divorce or planning to file for divorce, it is important that you have a knowledgeable attorney fighting for your rights. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a Central Valley collaborative divorce attorney, please call Gurjit Srai (209) 323-5558 or (559) 449-1447, or complete our online form.