When two people marry in New Hampshire, they likely do so with a certain amount of expectation and respect for one another. The passing of years and the experience of the life events that follow often alter how two people feel about one another. As a result, the couple begins to examine their divorce options. In order to avoid some of the contention associated with a trial and to ensure that the decision-making power remains in the hands of the couple, many choose to explore the options provided by collaborative law.
Collaborative law helps couples negotiate their divorce settlement without the intervention of a judge making decisions. By utilizing this option, couples are able to avoid trial. While some people may be tempted to go to court because they think they will receive some degree of justice, the reality is that judges usually issue orders somewhere in the middle with regard to each person’s requests, often leaving both people unhappy.
This consideration is especially important when there are children involved. No one knows a child better than his or her parents. Asking a judge to make a child custody decision can result in a ruling that is not in line with what parents consider the child’s best interest. Additionally, the court process is slow. While the court works through all the cases before it, a couple could wait a significant period of time before their case is heard, potentially increasing the expense associated with the split.
The decision to divorce is often a difficult one to make. However, for many in New Hampshire, it is the best option for a happier future for all involved. Collaborative law helps these couples ease through the divorce process, potentially avoiding conflict that could prevent parents from successfully co-parenting and setting up a poor relationship model for children.
Source: huffingtonpost.com, “Thinking Of Divorcing? Read This First“, Robert S. Blair Jr., June 20, 2016