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What Is Collaborative Law and How Does It Work in a Divorce?

Going through a divorce can sometimes be a challenging time for couples and families. Because of this, couples and families may wonder about different divorce options that may make the process more peaceful and amicable. Collaborative law is one option available that may help the divorce process proceed more smoothly and involve less time, cost and acrimony for the parties involved.

Collaborative law is one option available to divorcing couples that can help with a number of different divorce-related concerns divorcing couples must consider including property division, child support, child custody and other important considerations. Through the collaborative law divorce process, couples participate in negotiations and mediation to help resolve divorce-related disagreements rather than litigation and courtrooms.

A collaborative law divorce allows the divorcing couple greater control over determining shared outcomes that are best for the couple and their family. In addition to saving time and cost, the collaborative law divorce process provides an informal setting that allows for the free exchange of information between the parties. It can also be helpful down the road for post-divorce settlement disputes. During the collaborative law divorce process, both parties agree not to go to court and their representatives are required to withdraw if the parties decide to proceed to litigation.

The family law process seeks to help couples going through a divorce resolve disagreements and reach shared resolutions the parties can agree to and live with. Divorce-related disputes can present challenges for divorcing couples that cost time, money and place strain during what is commonly already a difficult time and the collaborative law divorce process may be able to help.