If you are going through a divorce, you might be anticipating a long and combative courtroom battle with your soon-to-be former spouse. However, the truth is that many divorces are actually able to settle out of court through other, less adversarial means, such as collaborative divorce. Collaborative divorce, much like mediation, gives spouses the power to negotiate the terms of their divorce agreement without the intervention of a judge. As a result, spouses are often far more pleased with the outcome under these circumstances.
Here are some of the most significant benefits of choosing collaborative divorce:
- You will achieve a faster resolution: When couples go through divorce litigation, the process generally takes more time due to the fact that the court system is so packed that you could wait several months for your opportunity to appear before a judge. Since you will need more than a few court appointments to achieve a settlement, this can seriously drag out the process, especially if it is a particularly complex and contentious divorce. With a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse will be able to schedule your sessions at a time that works best for both of you. Cases often take anywhere from 4 to 6 months, which is substantially less than what you can expect if your divorce is being litigated.
- Reduced legal expenses: Additionally, because you will not have to go through a lengthy litigation process, you will also be able to cut back on legal fees and expenses. However, it is important for you and your spouse to be dedicated to achieving a resolution through this method. Otherwise, if unsuccessful, you will end up having to go through litigation.
- It is better for your children: If you and your spouse have children, a collaborative divorce will put you on the right path as co-parents since it will help the two of you learn how to work together more effectively and compromise. On the other hand, divorce litigation can create a more hostile environment that is not conducive for your relationship as co-parents. Preserve your relationship as co-parents and opt for an option that will allow you to dissolve your marriage more amicably.
- You can keep it private: Since you will not have to appear in court, this means that your divorce will remain private. If you are concerned about the public having access to the details of your split, you might want to handle your divorce privately. Collaborative divorce allows you to do so.
- The outcome is in your hands: When your divorce goes through litigation, the decision-making will fall into the hands of a judge and, chances are, neither you nor your spouse will be entirely pleased with the outcome. Collaborative divorce allows you and your spouse to have some control over the outcome of your split.
Contact a Collaborative Divorce Attorney Today!
If you are looking for a less expensive, quicker way to peacefully dissolve your marriage, consider a collaborative divorce. At Myers Family Law, we are experienced in handling this less hostile method, so that our clients can embark on a new and more hopeful chapter in life.
Contact our law office today at (916) 634-0067 to schedule a low-cost 30-minute case review with a member of our legal team.