Susan Rossi Cook, Attorney and Mediator

Collaborative divorce advantages

When couples are approaching divorce, they may be looking to avoid litigation. Collaborative divorce and other alternate options for divorce, including mediation, can help divorcing couples who may be seeking to avoid litigation.

Different states have different laws concerning the divorce process and different options to help divorcing couples through the process. Negotiation, litigation, mediation and collaborative law may all be a part of the divorce process and will provide different resources for divorcing couples in different situations. The idea behind the collaborative divorce process is that it can help divorcing couples resolve their concerns in a way that is best for them rather than having the family law court, which is not as personal, decide for them.

The collaborative divorce process requires a commitment to resolving divorce-related concerns with an open mind, open communication and with less cost, time and acrimony to the divorcing couple. The couple must be committed to the process and if they change to litigating the divorce, the representatives for the couple must withdraw. Oftentimes, experts are involved in the process to help the couple including a financial planner, child psychologist, a parenting coordinate or real estate professional.

The collaborative divorce process is one option for divorcing couples to consider that carries with it many advantages. Any type of alternate dispute resolution, including mediation or collaborative law divorce, can be better for the divorcing couple, children and family and are important to understand. The family law process provides many different resources for couples and families in different situations.

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