There’s nothing simple about the divorce process. No matter what approach you take, you can expect to run into challenges along the way. However, that doesn’t mean you should give up and hope for the best.
There are steps you can take to ease the stress, including a collaborative divorce. Collaborative divorce is less stressful than litigation, as you take a problem-solving approach. This gives both sides the opportunity to hear out the other, negotiate and then compromise.
Here are some of the many benefits of a collaborative divorce:
- Easier to keep the process amicable: By avoiding a high-stress courtroom, it’s easier to keep the process amicable and respectful. This lowers your stress level, thus allowing you to think clearly.
- More control: For example, with mediation, the mediator doesn’t have the legal authority to make final decisions. They’re available to mediate the process, but it’s you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse who have full control.
- Informal setting: There’s something about a courtroom setting that can bring stress and tension to the divorce process. A collaborative divorce unfolds in an informal setting, which once again reduces the tension during a challenging time.
- Save time and money: While this doesn’t always hold true, a collaborative divorce puts you in position to save both time and money.
- You can still consult with an attorney: Many people shy away from a collaborative divorce because they assume they won’t have any help. This is a common misconception. You will want to work closely with an attorney, as they can explain the process, negotiate on your behalf and ensure that you’re not making any mistakes you’ll regret in the future.
While these are among the most common benefits of a collaborative divorce, you’ll find many others working in your favor as the process begins.
It’s a big step in your life, but if you’re heading into the divorce process do your best to make it as simple and pain-free as possible. This often means opting for a collaborative divorce. With more control in an informal setting, you’re in better position to get what you want.