Have questions about collaborative divorce? Keep reading

Like many other couples in Pennsylvania, you and your spouse may have agreed to part ways. Because you have children, you want to make sure that you make the divorce process as stress-free and smooth as possible.

You may consider using mediation to help you reach an agreement, but after hearing about collaborative divorce, you want more information about it in order to determine whether it would provide you more benefits and a better result. If this sounds familiar, the information below may help you make your choice.

What makes collaborative divorce different?

Just as in mediation, collaborative divorce involves you and your spouse sitting down to negotiate a settlement. However, in this method, there is no neutral third party. Instead, you work with a team to hammer out an agreement. In addition, each of you needs your own legal representation. Each of you needs to agree to go through this process since failing to reach a resolution means starting over and possibly going to court.

What happens during the collaborative divorce process?

Before sitting down together, you begin by discussing your goals and desires with your attorney. Once you establish a plan and figure out what you are willing to compromise on, you begin negotiations. In order to make the best decisions possible, you may bring in third parties such as appraisers, financial advisors and counselors to provide their opinions and perhaps options for resolving a particular issue.

This process works best with couples who maintain an amicable relationship and commit to reaching a mutually satisfactory divorce settlement. Once you reach an agreement, you put it into writing (including any necessary legal language) and put it before the court for approval.

What benefits does collaborative divorce provide?

So far, this may sound like the way for you to go, but you may be wondering whether it provides you with enough benefits to do so. The most common advantages of this process include the following:

  • An informal setting
  • Control over the outcome
  • Cost savings
  • Time savings
  • Free and open information exchange

You can come up with unique solutions to issues that the court would not ordinarily consider. You may also include a way to resolve any future disagreements in your settlement. Moreover, you have an attorney available to help ensure that your agreement complies with current Pennsylvania family laws and protects your rights in the process.

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