Divorce is not an easy process, even when the two of you are in a position where you still get along. It’s a highly emotive event to go through which is made even more complex when you have the well-being of your family to consider.
When considering your options, you may have heard people use a term called “collaborative divorce.” It might sound like a good idea but there are some considerations to bear in mind before you decide if it’s the right approach for you to take.
It needs the two of you to work together
The whole purpose of a collaborative divorce is the ability of both parties to work together in deciding on certain key aspects of the separation. This often means engaging in a process of mediation and negotiation which can be tricky. It does, however, remove the need for contentious court proceedings.
Parties are encouraged to find a workable solution for things such as custody arrangements, division of property and child and spousal support.
How to weigh if it’s the right path for you to take
A collaborative divorce will only work where both parties want it to. It can be hard work and requires some compromise. It doesn’t mean you have to be best friends, but it does mean that you’re willing to put aside your differences to come to an amicable solution. If one, or both, of you do not want to take part in the process, there’s a good chance it won’t work.
It is unlikely to be the right choice for you if your ex-partner has been abusive or controlling towards you and you cannot be in the same room as each other. It can have great benefits If you have children. It’s a good way to avoid them having to experience painful divorce proceedings.
In order to facilitate a collaborative divorce and make the negotiations as easy as possible, it’s important to have some legal assistance to help you navigate the process.