Many of our readers have read blog posts in which we discuss collaborative divorce. For people who are just embarking on the divorce process, a collaborative divorce can prove to be an excellent way to get issues resolved. Just to be clear, a collaborative divorce is ideal for our Texas readers who don't have a lot of issues that they can't resolve, but don't have a clear-cut divorce either. It usually helps to let people know to think of a collaborative divorce as a sort of middle-of-the-road divorce.
In a collaborative divorce, both spouses and their attorneys work together to come up with an amicable divorce settlement. This can save time and money since you aren't having to go back and forth to court. The process takes place during informal meetings that include open, honest and respectful conversations to determine what needs to happen. Oftentimes, it is much easier to get a settlement closer to what you want by going through a collaborative divorce than if you would go through a divorce trial.
It is important for those going through a collaborative divorce to work with their attorney to let them know what they need and what they can negotiate on. It is always best to think about what you want and then decide what the lowest you can settle on is so that you have a range set for negotiating.
One thing that some of our readers might not realize is that in a collaborative divorce, you can even outline how to handle future disputes. This can save you a lot of time and headache down the road because you know what to expect in the future if something comes up.
Source: FindLaw, "How Collaborative Divorce Works: FAQs" accessed Mar. 19, 2015