Most people do not enter marriage contemplating divorce, however many times circumstances arise that lead to a desire or need to dissolve the marriage. Often these people do not want to hurt their partner, do not seek to spend a great deal of their hard earned finances fighting with each other, or most importantly do not want to see their children any more upset then they may already be. Collaborative Divorce is a good option for couples who desire to dissolve their marriage while still maintaining a good co-parenting partnership that allows for their children to be safe, healthy, and well-adjusted in the future. The divorce rate has been steadily climbing in the United States for several decades and we have seen an emergence of families not willing to dissolve their marriage in an emotionally and financially costly process but rather in a way that allows all family members to move forward healthy and happy.
Similar to Divorce Mediation, Collaborative Divorce assists couples in dissolving their marriage in a cost effective yet quality manner. In the collaborative process, the couple is wrapped in a team of professionals. Unlike mediation, divorcing individuals each have their own attorney present. The team also includes a financial advisor, and a mental health professional. Meetings between all the professionals and the couple allow for the divorce process to move more swiftly then traditional litigated divorce. Decisions can be made in the moment and the couple can avoid time-wasting and costly meetings with separate professionals.