The collaborative divorce process is designed to be less time consuming, less expensive and less confrontational than traditional adversarial divorce. Clients are better able to focus on pertinent issues because stress and anxiety are effectively reduced.
Money saved in the collaboration can be used to jointly engage the services of other professionals, such as financial planners or tax accountants. An additional benefit is that the actual collaborative process is more private than a contested divorce generating court filings, transcripts and hearings in open court. If the children decide to look at the court file in the future, all they will see is the agreement attached to a simple divorce petition.
Collaborative resolutions to marital conflict are reached through a process in which clients have more control and settlements have been designed to meet each party’s needs. These collaborative agreements are designed to be more sustainable over longer periods of time.
The non-combative atmosphere diminishes hostilities; allows the divorcing spouses to preserve and enhance that which remains of their relationship; and, allows them to learn to work cooperatively during and after the divorce, managing finances and co-parenting children.