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Collaborative divorce, a better way to get it done

Not everyone who is ending a marriage wants to fight it out in court. While litigation has its place in divorce, it is not necessary for everyone. Ohio residents who are looking to dissolve their marriages have other options.

Collaborative law is available to those who are looking for a better way to get their divorces done. How is it different? Why might it benefit my situation?

Collaborative divorce is

Collaborate means to work together. If you choose a collaborative divorce, it means that you and your spouse are willing to talk things out and come to agreeable terms together. This is not saying disagreements won't happen; they may. However, both spouses will be willing to work on the problem rather than maintain a need-to-win attitude.

Why is it better?

There are quite a few benefits to pursing a collaborative divorce, including:

  • Can take less time
  • Typically costs less
  • Can be completed in an informal setting
  • Requires both parties to openly and honestly share information

For many, the benefits are certainly enticing when compared to fighting things out in a court room.

The process

Just as in a traditional divorce, both spouses will retain legal counsel. All parties will then sign a no litigate statement. In doing so, you promise to do your best to negotiate the terms of your divorce without having to go to court.

After signing this document, your team will schedule meeting times. Before the first meeting with your spouse, you will have the opportunity to discuss with your legal counsel what you hope to achieve.

The number of sessions required to complete a collaborative divorce is different for every couple. Some can get through it in a few short sessions, while others may take months of negotiating. It all really depends on the complexity of the issues at hand.

No agreement

If it turns out that negotiations are not getting you anywhere and no agreement is in sight, you can pursue a traditional divorce. Your legal counsel can provide more information about how to make the switch.

Get the right help

Alternative marriage dissolution methods are great for those who are prepared to put in the work necessary. Having legal counsel that has experience handling collaborative divorces is a must, however. Not all divorce attorneys have a strong knowledge of collaborative law. So, get the right help in order to come out of this process with a fair and balanced settlement.

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