Many people falsely presume their only divorce options are mediation and the traditional dissolution of marriage. These are both reasonable options, but other options are available if your attorney has the necessary experience. One of the alternatives is collaborative divorce, and it’s an excellent option for many divorces. In our guide below, we cover the reasons to consider collaborative divorce. Read on to learn more.
Collaborative divorce is significantly less contentious
The process of collaborative divorce can vary by state, but generally, the process remains the same. The primary purpose of a collaborative divorce is to be communal with your spouse. It focuses on deescalating the situation, solving problems, and reaching agreements. Many people assume that all divorces are contentious, but collaborative divorce attorneys actively work toward the exact opposite. A collaborative divorce hearing encourages each spouse to remain amicable. If the couple cannot reach an agreement, they may take the case to court, but their collaborative attorney can’t represent them.
You control the pace
Unlike other divorce options, couples that choose collaborative divorce avoid the slowness of courts and judges. In other words, collaborative divorce has a more flexible timeline. To reap the efficiency benefits of collaborative divorce, you and your spouse must be willing to work together to reach agreements. Depending on how cooperative you and your spouse are, you essentially control how fast or slow the divorce process goes.
It’s more affordable
A traditional divorce requires time-consuming court hearings and a judge’s time—both factors that can cost individuals a significant amount of money. Because the purpose of collaborative divorce is to stay out of court, it can save you a lot of money, assuming you can unify with your spouse to solve problems and find common ground.
To reiterate, there are several reasons to consider collaborative divorce, but only if you and your spouse are in a place where you can work together. If you’re going through a more contentious divorce, collaborative divorce probably isn’t the option for you.
If you believe you and your spouse can remain civil and if you’re interested in collaborative divorce in Illinois, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck can help. Our attorneys are familiar with the collaborative divorce process, and we always work in the best interest of our clients. To set up an appointment, or if you have any questions, contact our team today. We look forward to serving you.