Is a collaborative divorce ideal for your situation?

After making the decision to end your marriage, you know you are facing a potentially lengthy and complicated process. You may dread the thought of going to court and speaking about your most private matters, such as your finances, in a public setting. Fortunately, there is another way you can approach your divorce that may be simpler and easier for all involved. A non-traditional approach to divorce may benefit the entire family. 

Collaboration is a commonly applied method for avoiding some of the stress and unpleasant requirements associated with a divorce. It may be an attractive thought for you, but a collaborative divorce is not an option for every Texas couple. It may be helpful to learn about what to expect from the collaborative process and determine whether or not this could be beneficial for you. 

The process and benefits of collaboration 

Collaborative divorce removes the need for fighting and litigation from the process. While you and the other party do not have to get along perfectly or even like each other to make collaboration work, it is necessary for both sides to commit to the process and keep their focus on their goals. As the name implies, collaboration employs professionals and third parties, such as child psychologists and financial advisors, to contribute to discussions and negotiations on the terms of your divorce.  

There are many reasons why a couple may benefit from a collaborative divorce instead of a traditional approach. First, it can be a simpler and less stressful approach to the process. It also can save time and money as it removes the need for costly litigation and protracted disputes. Through collaboration, you will have more control over the terms of your final order, which means you can have a more direct role in the outcome of your agreement.  

Seeking the best possible future 

The terms of your divorce order will impact you for years to come. It is in your interests to seek a final agreement that is reasonable, fair and sustainable. One of the most effective ways you can accomplish this goal is through collaboration with the other party. A collaborative divorce is not necessarily ideal in every situation, but it could provide you the opportunity to seek the best possible future for you and your kids. If you are unsure of whether or not this is a beneficial choice for you, first seek an assessment of your case and explanation of your options.