As a previous post discussed, there is more than one way to complete the divorce process. The method a couple chooses is based on the needs and various factors involved in their union. In a hostile and complex divorce, it is unlikely that these alternative methods will fully resolve and finalize the divorce process. However, collaboration could be rather effective during dissolution.

A collaborative divorce, which differs from mediation and litigation, is facilitated by a neutral party. This party helps promote positive and cooperative communication between spouses. A collaborative divorce is a process that utilizes various professionals. Each spouse will have their own attorney and, depending on the divorce issues involved, financial experts, health care professionals and even child therapists and experts may serve a role in the process.

While a collaborative divorce is initiated on the basis that both parties agree not to litigate the matter, this does not mean that they have given up the right to do so. Collaborative divorce is designed to help each party, promoting a fair and timely resolution. However, pitfalls could happen. If a spouse believes the process is not working or it isn’t right for them, they do have the right to end the process and move forward with a different divorce method.

Deciding to end a marriage is never easy. It is also isn’t easy deciding how to actually end the union. While the traditional route of litigation could adequately dissolve a marriage, couples today seek other cost effective and time efficient methods. In these cases, considering how the collaboration method fits in with your goals might be in your best interests.

Source: Newsday.com, “Collaborative divorce process gives guidance, aims for teamwork,” Beth Whitehouse, accessed on Aug. 5, 2017