Though you likely believe that ending your marriage is for the best, you may still have creeping feelings that the process will be awful. After all, you may know someone who went through a difficult divorce who saw conflict after conflict throughout the entire process. However, it is important to remember that each case is different, and the way in which you approach your case could make a considerable difference in how smoothly it goes.
Deciding beforehand that you will do your part to help your proceedings along may be a good starting point. It may also be wise to remember that there are other marriage dissolution options aside from courtroom litigation. In fact, a method like collaborative divorce may better suit your circumstances.
What is collaborative divorce?
As the name suggests, a collaborative divorce would involve you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse collaborating to come to a divorce agreement without having to go to court first. Of course, this collaborative approach does not mean that you and your spouse are the only two parties involved. The process also involves the collaboration of outside professionals, such as your legal counsel. Your legal counsel will play an important role when it comes to negotiating a fair outcome.
What are the benefits of collaborative divorce?
One of the biggest benefits of collaborative divorce is that it gives the opportunity for each person to have a say in the outcome of the case in a less contentious setting. You and your spouse could both benefit from the following positive aspects of this method:
- Voluntary exchange of information
- Negotiations that can lead to a beneficial outcome for you both
- Legal procedures that will prove less costly and less time-consuming than litigation
- Agreements for handling post-divorce issues that may arise
Still, utilizing the collaborative method does not mean cutting out the court entirely. Once you reach a divorce agreement, the court will have to approve the agreement before it is legally binding.
How can you gain more information?
If collaborative divorce is of interest to you, you may want to gain more information on the process. Speaking with a New Hampshire attorney experienced in this method may allow you to gain reliable knowledge that could help you make a decision regarding the manner in which you would like to approach your divorce case.