A collaborative divorce offers an out-of-court solution for families to transition from marriage to divorce. It is a voluntary process that focuses on the goals of both parties and their families. Some key differences between a collaborative divorce and a traditional litigation divorce are:
- The collaborative process is completely voluntary.
- The parties agree to stay out of court.
- Each party must be represented by a lawyer whose representation terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding.
- It is a “team-based” approach where mental health and financial professionals collaborate with the parties and their respective attorneys. The engagement of these professionals also terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding.
- The parties maintain open communication and share information with each other and the team to achieve mutually acceptable goals.
- This team-based approach creates shared solutions acknowledging the highest priorities of all.
- The entire process is structured to minimize conflict between the parties.
Dusty King is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. To read more about the collaborative process, click here.
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