While collaborative divorce is not the right fit for every divorce, choosing this approach can help people achieve a variety of goals for themselves and their family. How might you benefit from a collaborative divorce process?
1. Collaboration could save you time and money.
Drawn out legal battles can be a costly endeavor. However, if you and your spouse can work together, this collaboration might allow you to move forward more quickly and with less cost to you. This can provide you with a stronger financial foundation for life after divorce.
2. Collaboration offers you greater control.
In litigated divorce, the court ultimately decides the outcome of the divorce process. By taking a collaborative approach, you and your spouse can focus on the details that matter most to you.
3. Collaboration allows you to create the plan that you believe best suits your child.
If you have a child, you and your spouse spend every day with them. The additional control that you and your spouse have in a collaborative divorce process allows you to use that knowledge of your child to build a plan that supports their needs.
4. Collaboration could also help you protect your child from stress.
As the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry notes, one of the best ways to protect a child’s mental health during divorce is to minimize conflict between parents. By working together, you can decrease the strain that divorce can put on your child and lay the groundwork for a more peaceful and supportive co-parenting relationship moving forward.
Depending on your goals, a collaborative approach could help you have stronger finances and greater confidence as you take the first steps toward life after divorce.