When you decide to get a divorce, you actually have multiple options for how you wish to proceed. You can take the traditional route and go through court, but if you would rather avoid arguments and legal fights, you might want to consider a collaborative divorce.
The collaborative process works outside the courtroom. There are multiple ways this option is different from the traditional route of divorcing. You may find it is more favorable to how you want to see your divorce play out.
Out of court
The biggest difference is that you will not have to go to court and plead your case for a divorce. You will work outside of the courthouse and with each other to come to an agreement on all the terms. It is you and your spouse and your legal representation hammering out the details instead of having multiple court hearings.
No judge ruling
The traditional option for divorce leaves a lot of the decisions in the hands of a judge. With collaborative divorce, you make the decisions. You and your spouse know the most about your family and your situation, so it seems natural that you should be the people to make the decisions, and a collaborative process gives you the chance to do that. You may find this more advantageous because you can make whatever choices you want whereas a judge has to follow the law on how to decide things.
Collaborative divorce provides you overall more freedom in the process. You are not under the thumb of a judge or court, and you have the ability to drive the process based on your personal needs.