Divorce can be a difficult process, even for the most amicable of couples. In many cases, a traditional divorce may not be the best option for a New Hampshire couple, but they may consider a collaborative divorce instead. This option offers many benefits, but it is not for everyone. If you are considering this step, it is important to carefully weigh all options before moving forward.
Understanding the collaborative divorce process
Like in a traditional divorce, both parties will seek individual legal representation for a collaborative divorce. There is no neutral third party, but instead, the two parties, with the guidance of their respective attorneys, will negotiate and discuss various issues that must be resolved. The intent of applying collaboration to the divorce process is to eliminate the need for litigation and court intervention.
What are the benefits?
In general, collaborative divorce is less stressful and easier to navigate than a contentious or traditional divorce. Some of the other commonly cited benefits include:
- Lower costs
- Faster resolution
- Non-adversarial and less stressful
- Discussions and details are confidential
In order to make the collaborative divorce process work, both parties must agree to share information and work toward the common goal of resolving disagreements in a beneficial, timely manner. It is not necessary that couples be amicable or get along, but it does require a commitment to cooperation.
If the collaborative process breaks down for any reason, however, the parties must find new legal representation and begin the divorce process all over again using the traditional approach.
Securing a strong post-divorce future
It may be hard for you to set aside emotions and make rational decisions, but, in a collaborative divorce, your attorney can carefully guide you through the entire process. With qualified assistance, you can make decisions and secure a beneficial outcome to all important concerns pertaining to your family, including:
- Child custody
- Spousal support
- Property division
- Other unique considerations
The ultimate goal of a collaborative divorce is not only to help mitigate some of the difficulty of a traditional divorce, but to give both parties more control over their futures by allowing them a direct role in the drafting of a final order.
If you want to protect your interests and lay the foundation for a strong future without a costly court battle, you should take the time to explore how a collaborative divorce may be an appropriate option.