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Is A Collaborative Divorce Best For You?

Are you wondering if a collaborative divorce can make your troubling situation any better? It will definitely help to know more about collaborative divorces before you move forward with getting one.

What Exactly Is A Collaborative Divorce?

A collaborative divorce is a process that you request from the local family court, which allows you to take your divorce outside of the court by agreeing to work together. You will freely share information with your spouse in order to reach an agreement that works best for both of you. This is why it really takes both people to come together for a collaborative divorce so that they do not go through the stress of a litigated divorce.

Do You Work With A Lawyer With A Collaborative Divorce?

The process of having a collaborative divorce is going to be a bit different than other types of divorces. That's why it is still worth working with a lawyer to help ensure that you handle the process quickly and correctly. It is common for both spouses to have their own lawyer to ensure that someone is protecting their interests and rights. As much as you want to be collaborative with your spouse, you still want to stay within the laws set forth for a collaborative divorce.

Is A Collaborative Divorce Cheap?

The cost of divorce really depends on how much legal assistance you need and staying out of the courtroom. Anytime you need to go to trial over a divorce means that you'll end up spending a lot of money for your lawyer to prepare for the trial. Since the goal of a collaborative divorce is to stay out of the courtroom, it is going to be cheaper than other forms of divorce.

What Happens If You Can't Reach An Agreement During a Collaborative Divorce?

Be aware that any couple that decides to have a collaborative divorce is making a pledge that they will work together. The same is also true of the lawyers working on a collaborative divorce as well. If you cannot come to an agreement on specific issues, then you would be withdrawing from the collaborative divorce process and essentially starting over with a litigated divorce. In addition, you and your spouse will not be able to use your existing lawyers, since they would withdraw from the case as part of that pledge not to go to court.

Reach out to a family law attorney for more information on collaborative divorces.