Kathleen J. Smith, Attorney at Law

Should you consider collaboration for your divorce?

The choice to move forward with divorce is not an easy one to make. This step will impact virtually every area of your life, and while it can be a complex process, there are things you can do to reduce stress and the chance of complications. One way to do this is to choose a collaborative divorce.

Collaboration is a way for you to navigate your California divorce in a way that is respectful and cooperative. The collaborative process is not the optimal choice in every situation, but it can offer you many benefits as you seek a workable and sustainable divorce order. Before you choose your path, you may find it beneficial to consider the benefits of this specific choice.

Why collaborate?

Divorces involving litigation can be costly and stressful, and it can be difficult on every member of the family. If you wish to bypass this complicated and difficult process, collaboration could be the right choice for you. During collaboration, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse will work together to reach a beneficial conclusion to any disputes. Resolutions will come through negotiations, discussions and, sometimes, working with professionals, such as financial advisors or psychologists.

For many couples, collaborative divorce is a more respectful and peaceful way to end a marriage, which can lead to better post-divorce futures. Some of the benefits of this process include:

  • It can cost less to opt for a collaborative divorce than a traditional litigated divorce.
  • Through collaboration, your divorce order may be more sustainable and beneficial for you and your children.
  • This process allows you to have more control over the terms of your final divorce order.

Collaboration does not necessarily require that you and your spouse like each other, but it does require that both of you commit to the process. If the process breaks down, you can start over with a traditional contested divorce.

Your best future is possible

You may have concerns over how divorce will impact your life, but with guidance, it is possible to craft a final order that suits your needs through a collaborative divorce. Before you make any important decisions regarding your divorce and your future, you would be wise to consider how collaboration can benefit you.

Collaborative divorce is an option for couples who want to avoid litigation or want to have more control over the final details of their order. An evaluation of your case can help you determine if this is the right choice for you.

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