Regardless of your relationship, getting a divorce is never simple. Even if you and your spouse were married a short time, the process of going back to single life will have complications.
Collaborative divorce can seem like a too-good-to-be-true solution since it allows both spouses to create their own terms for the divorce and settle topics like asset division without a lengthy litigation. Depending on the situation, collaborative divorce can be beneficial for helping you and your spouse move to new (and separate) chapters.
These are some ways to decide if a collaborative divorce will be beneficial in your situation.
You agree to agree
You and your spouse do not need to agree on every aspect of the divorce immediately. You do, however, need to decide to find common ground.
Collaborative divorce works best when both parties are willing to have sensible discussions and reach reasonable decisions regarding topics such as:
- Asset division
- Child custody
- Alimony/spousal support
You and your spouse can benefit from a faster, less expensive resolution when you agree to work together to finalize your divorce.
No intimidation, here
In some cases, one spouse can confuse collaboration with intimidation. Collaborative divorce may not be appropriate for couples who have a history of manipulation and intimidation.
Before considering a collaborative divorce, you should be prepared to interact and negotiate with your spouse. Discussing terms and working out solutions is an integral part of collaborative divorce, so you should be ready to be actively engaged in the process.
Collaborative divorce can work in various scenarios, but it is essential to understand what happens in collaborative divorce and your role in the process.