What is Collaborative Divorce?

If you are getting a divorce and are worried about the litigation process, you are not alone. Fortunately, there may be an alternative available to you: collaborative divorce. Please read on and reach out to our experienced divorce attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What happens in a collaborative divorce?

When you get a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse will sign a Participation Agreement that states you are ready to work together towards divorce terms that you can both agree upon. Collaborative divorce is different from divorce mediation in that instead of one mediator helping you through the process, you also receive assistance from other outside parties, including accountants, psychologists, financial analysts, attorneys, and more. This specialized assistance is so that various disputed areas of your divorce can be addressed by experts. These experts are employed to give you a better perspective on your situation so that you can reach an outcome that both you and your spouse agree upon.

What are the benefits of collaborative divorce?

There are various benefits of collaborative divorce. First and foremost, when you have a successful collaborative divorce, you will have reached an agreement outside of the courtroom setting, which is very important to many. The litigation process can be frightening, and since the terms of your divorce will generally be decided by a judge, the outcome of your divorce is oftentimes difficult to accept. Additionally, when you have a successful collaborative divorce, you save both time and money. The litigation process is costly–between attorney fees and the financial loss you may encounter as a result of the divorce, it is no secret why many spouses seek to avoid litigation.

Lastly, though perhaps most importantly, when you successfully reach divorce terms via a collaborative divorce, it will be easier for your children to accept. Children are oftentimes the biggest victims in divorce cases, which is why the less your child sees you and your spouse fighting, the better. Therefore collaborative divorce allows you to show your child that civil, productive discussion is still possible, even if you do not agree with the person on many other issues. If you believe collaborative divorce is for you, please do not hesitate to speak with our experienced attorneys today.

Contact our experienced Bristol County firm

For over 30 years, The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. has provided quality legal support and representation for clients in Bristol County and all of Massachusetts. Our firm’s experience eases the stress of clients while providing the legal services they deserve. If you need help through a contested divorce, contact The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. for a consultation today.