Accepting that a divorce is inevitable can be a devastating realization. When you think about divorce, you are likely worried that it will be full of anger, resentment, and frustration. What if you could choose an option that minimizes this conflict by the very process itself?
Many couples choose the Collaborative Law approach to alleviate the fear and anguish that often accompanies divorce. Divorce in the Collaborative process can still be stressful, but Collaborative Law professionals work hard to address common pain points and issues before they become heightened conflict. The Collaborative Law process gives you the greatest amount of control without interference from courts.
What is Collaborative Law?
A Collaborative divorce involves professionals from many disciplines including legal, mental health, financial, business and others. The unique needs of the family will determine the types of professionals who are involved in your case. The non-legal professionals are neutrals who work with couples to address each aspect of their divorce including financial settlements and custody and parenting time issues. The professionals may also assist if the parties are facing any substance abuse or mental health issues, have complex business or other assets or any other unique circumstances that a family may face.
As part of this approach, the couple agrees to use this process exclusively. If either party decides to leave the Collaborative process, both parties must retain new attorneys for any litigation or court proceeding. This serves as an encouragement to stick with Collaborative Law as the dispute resolution option. Tough decisions are made during a divorce but fighting in court results in greater emotional stress, uncertainty and often higher court costs.
A team approach
One helpful way to look at the Collaborative process is to think of it as a team approach. This team will work together to find a reasonable resolution for both parties, regardless of your circumstances.
- You get to choose your team of professionals to help you through the difficult decisions ahead.
- You get to control how your process looks and what the outcome will be.
- You get to plan for your future by addressing all the issues and questions you have about the next steps for your family.
When you consider whether you want to heighten the conflict or try an alternative option to court, Collaborative Law may fit your needs. Colorado Collaborative Law professionals are trained in this process and have the skills, knowledge and expertise to keep your focus on your family and on your future.