Spouses looking to divorce who may not need lengthy court battles to iron out the details of their divorce settlement should consider a collaborative divorce whereby some third party such as a professional mediator can come alongside the couple to resolve differing points of view on aspects of their divorce such as division of assets, custody, or support.
To pursue a collaborative divorce, spouses will each hire attorneys specially trained in collaborative divorce to advise them during a settlement negotiation. Spouses will meet individually with their attorney, and as a foursome. Other specialists such as child custody experts or third-party accountants can also be brought in all in order to reach a settlement without divorce court.
Collaborative divorce is meant to have you in court as little as possible. Actual court procedures are quick once a settlement is reached through collaboration.
Collaboration can help the divorce process by allowing you and your spouse to:
- Exchange all necessary information voluntarily
- Decide on how to handle post-divorce decisions
- Stabilize the separation with a temporary agreement
- Agree on legal procedures that minimize expenses and quicken the process
- Ultimately negotiate a settlement that works for the two of you
You can save time and money by utilizing a collaborative process at any time during your divorce. Such a process can help maintain discretion and privacy during your divorce.
If you are considering a separation or in the middle of divorce proceedings, talk to our firm for a free consultation today.