Your decision to pursue a divorce is not one that you have taken lightly. Perhaps this was something you thought about for many months, even years. You’ve taken the time and reached your conclusion based on what’s best for you and your children.
Now, you have to think about the kind of separation that will be easiest for your children. There is no such thing as an easy divorce. Whatever way it happens, the children will be somewhat confused and upset. However, you can minimize this through collaborative law. Outlined below are some of the key benefits of the process in terms of your child’s welfare.
More control over the outcome
The collaborative process ensures that both parties feel heard and walk away with a fair agreement. You do not need to sign anything you are unhappy with. Compare that to litigation, where you must abide by the judge’s decisions.
It’s much less adversarial than the courtroom
Fighting over things in court will make working together as co-parents more challenging. If you can divorce by agreement, it will make it simpler to parent by agreement.
Putting the children first
Litigated divorces are complex and often contentious. This means that aspects such as property division may take up too much time, placing less emphasis on the children. Through collaborative law, this doesn’t need to happen. Once both parents have left the adversarial mindset behind, they can focus on the children’s best interests.
Any type of divorce will contain challenges, but the collaborative approach reduces them considerably. When considering your options, make sure you have assessed all of your legal rights.