What does “Collaborative Divorce” mean?
When a couple decides to end their marriage, there are several ways of handling the process. Two of the ways are:
- Both parties are in total agreement and they just need a lawyer to create the paperwork.
- Both parties have completely opposite viewpoints and they must go to court to resolve major issues.
In the middle of these two extremes is collaborative divorce. Collaborative law uses mediation and negotiation to troubleshoot and problem solve areas of contention within a divorce. By hiring attorneys who specialize in collaborative divorce, you and your spouse have the benefit of legal advice without a public courtroom fight.
Why choose a collaborative divorce?
- Less stress on children. Divorce is hard on the children. Entering a collaborative divorce settlement emphasizes the parents working together to resolve issues.
- Save money. Collaborative divorces are typically less costly than a divorce that requires traditional litigation.
- Work together. Collaborative divorce lawyers are focused on resolution of issues, not winning at a trial. By focusing on what works best for the entire family, the process is much easier to endure.
- Maintain control. With traditional divorce litigation, a third party, such as a judge will decide on the most intimate details of your life. They will decide what happens with your children, your income, your assets and more. With collaborative divorce, you and your spouse will work with your lawyers and a team of specialists (depending on your individual needs) to negotiate and resolve each area impacted by your divorce.
Here at the MP Morris Law Firm, we believe that divorce should be the final option. If you have exhausted all the possible ways to save your marriage, please give us a call to discuss the collaborative divorce procedure. We can and will help. Call us today at 803-851-1076.