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Skip the stress: work together to get your divorce done

The following situation may seem like an impossible dream for many Arlington residents who are going through a divorce. Let's say you and your spouse file for divorce, and the two of you are at odds on a couple of key issues involved in your divorce. Instead of letting these disagreements dominate your divorce, forcing you into endless years in court, you and your spouse reach a quick, easy and relatively fair settlement that allows you both to get the divorce you want without completely hating each other at the end of it.

You both get the things you want (or at least a fair trade off for the things you want) and you are spared costly litigation and months upon months of heartache and stress. A collaborative divorce can be a tremendously beneficial route for couples who are seeking the split.

So how does a collaborative divorce get done? Well, there's no uniform set of "players" in the negotiations -- but typically the divorcing parties would retain their family law attorneys. They would also bring in some other aids, such as a financial analyst and a mental health advisor. Together, this group of people engages in good-faith discussions that iron out any unresolved issues the splitting spouses have. Once they agree to terms, a judge comes in and clears the divorce settlement.

These collaborative divorces are gaining in popularity, and it spares you the stressful -- and almost always counterproductive -- arguments that often pop up during a divorce.

Source: Tampa Tribune, "Kinder, gentler divorces take the bite out of break-ups," Ray Reyes, Sept. 15, 2013

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