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Collaborative law fosters resolution out of the courtroom

A variety of different couples in New Hampshire make the different decision that it is time to seek a divorce. While the creators of television shows and movies would have audiences believe that divorce is always filled with contention and plays out in a dramatic courtroom, that is not the case. Some couples may face a certain degree of contention, but many are able to complete the proceedings through the use of alternative dispute resolution methods such as collaborative law.

A collaborative divorce allows two people to meet in a neutral place, each with their own attorney. The divorcing couple signs a written agreement in which they promise to negotiate a resolution with fairness and good faith. They also agree that they will disclose any pertinent documents and other information necessary for the property division process. The attorneys for both parties demonstrate their commitment to proceedings by agreeing to step aside should either spouse choose to exit the collaborative law process.

Many people choose collaborative law for several different reasons. If successful, the collaborative process often results in a faster resolution that is less expensive than the more traditional route. Also, many couples who go through this less contentious process often experience less stress which can ultimately help them in the future, especially if they must continue to parent together.

The decision to end a marriage is a difficult one to make. However, the process does not have to be filled with anger and publicly airing the couple's differences thanks to alternative dispute resolution, including collaborative law. An attorney with experience with these options can help those seeking a divorce in New Hampshire seek a more peaceful resolution.

Source: FindLaw, "Collaborative Divorce: Overview", Accessed on June 29, 2017

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