There’s a famous cartoon featuring a rock, scissors and paper entitled “Can’t we all just get along?” Fortunately, in many Connecticut divorces, the answer to that question is yes, due to an innovative process called collaborative divorce.
Collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial option for resolving divorce and other family issues. In a collaborative divorce, the spouses and their attorneys work together to reach a settlement, rather than slugging out their differences in court.
This method of divorce can be advantageous because:
- It promotes respect between the spouses
- The process is kept under control
- The spouses focus on their most important goals, especially the children
- The proceedings are conducted in private
- The process saves time and money by keeping the dispute out of court
Collaborative divorce lawyers receive special training in the collaborative process, and they agree at the outset that they will do all that they can to help you reach an agreement. Because of the way the system works, you can be assured that everyone involved is working together towards settlement. Because of this, a collaborative divorce can save the divorcing couple thousands of dollars in legal fees and years of torment as well.
In a collaborative divorce, a team of professionals is often brought in for consultation in order to help facilitate settlement. The parties can bring in neutral experts such as accountants and parenting experts to resolve certain issues. The parties, their attorneys and the expert team hold a series of meetings together that are designed to fully inform the parties of the issues and possible solutions. The parties are then able to make informed decisions about the choices when working toward the agreement.
A collaborative divorce is a productive way to minimize the costly, emotional and uncertain aspects of divorce. In addition, another favorable result is that the ex-spouses often get along better after the divorce when they have used the collaborative process, which is good for everyone.
Of course, the collaborative approach is not ideal for every case, so it is important to consult with a Connecticut collaborative divorce attorney to see if the collaborative divorce process is right for you.