When people think of divorce, they generally think of the courtroom battles fought between spouses, where both sides are feeling confrontational. Both parties seemingly striving to be on top, to be the “winner”.
That is changing with more focus on collaboration. A Collaborative Divorce is a non-adversarial process designed to help you and your spouse divorce with as little stress as necessary. You work together with the help of a team of divorce professionals to create your own divorce settlement agreement.
6 Advantages of a Collaborative Divorce
Society, in general, is becoming more informed about the benefits of a Collaborative Divorce. It is less expensive and less emotionally damaging. There are some specific benefits to a Collaborative Divorce.
- Availability of a team of professionals. You and your attorneys meet and have a team of professionals available to help resolve specific issues. Depending on individual needs, you may work with child psychologists, financial specialists, and divorce coaches.
- Control. Together, you can solve your divorce issues with the help of the attorneys and professionals and agree not to go to court so that you are not dependent on the court’s judgment and schedule for hearings and or trial.
- Privacy. No documents are filed with the court except for the final settlement agreement. In traditional litigation, all documents are filed with the court and court hearings are open to the public.
- Creativity and customization. In working together to create your own settlement agreement, you can be as creative as you want to be. The team members help you share your thoughts about what is important to you and what your needs are.
- Financial professionals work with the Parties to prepare budgets for each person to make the same income stretch over two households. You understand each other’s needs and can work together for a solution instead of fighting each other in court. You can customize your settlement agreement including forming your own parenting plan, division of assets, child support, and spousal support.
- Less stressful. The non-adversarial nature of the Collaborative Divorce process allows you to complete it all without the animosity and resentment that is often generated by litigation. You understand each other’s needs better and can co-parent in a more positive way.
Contact Kim Mediation and Law Center for Assistance
For assistance with your Collaborative Divorce or any other aspect of your divorce, contact Kim Mediation and Law Center. You can also call us at 213-351-1000 to schedule a consultation.