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Collaborative Divorce: 4 Benefits Worth Considering

The possibility of going through a divorce with a long legal struggle might be tough to swallow during an already trying time. Alternative conflict resolution methods, such as collaborative divorce, can eliminate the time-consuming and often unpleasant court litigation process.

Here, we’ll consider four benefits of collaborative divorce and how you can know whether it’s right for you.

What Is Involved in Collaborative Divorce?

Each spouse works with a collaborative law attorney during the collaborative divorce process. Instead of operating as opponents, these lawyers will work together to accomplish mutual goals. The former spouses and their attorneys sign a contract to collaborate to resolve any problems.

The contract requires the attorneys to withdraw if the collaborative arrangement fails. Both partners will then need new legal representation and file a court lawsuit. This stipulation incentivizes the couple to resolve their issues and reach an agreement within the collaborative arrangement.

When the collaborative process starts, the attorneys assist the couple in reaching agreements on topics including:

  • property division and distribution.
  • child custody arrangements.
  • visitation rights; and
  • support obligations.

If both spouses agree with the recommendations of their attorneys, they sign the agreement. The collaborative process provides a structured way for couples to work out potential conflicts without going through an expensive court trial.

The Advantages of Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce has various benefits over trial litigation. Here are some of the advantages:

  • Collaborative divorce can be cost-effective: Because there are no court processes, collaborative divorces are less expensive than regular divorces.
  • Collaborative divorce can be less contentious: Because there is no need for litigation or court hearings, a collaborative divorce is less stressful than a typical divorce. Both spouses collaborate to settle concerns, decreasing their stress and contention. This can be especially beneficial when there are children involved.
  • The collaborative divorce process is usually faster: A collaborative divorce is typically completed faster than a traditional divorce. This is because no court hearings or other delays slow down the process. By settling all issues outside of court, spouses can resolve their differences promptly and move on with their lives.
  • Collaborative divorce can be more private: Because there are no court proceedings and thus no public record, the details of a collaborative divorce are private. This is important for individuals who wish to keep their personal lives out of the public eye.

Is Collaborative Divorce Right for You?

Speaking with a knowledgeable family law attorney in the New York area is the best approach to determine if collaborative divorce is right for your circumstances. At Danziger Legal PLLC, we will be able to evaluate your case and recommend the best course of action.

Our experienced collaborative divorce attorneys can assist you through the process promptly and compassionately, enabling you to concentrate on moving forward with your life.

To schedule a consultation, please call (866) 989-4181 or fill out our contact form.

We serve Rye Brook, Port Chester, New York City, White Plains, Yonkers, and surrounding New York communities.

Elliot Danziger, Esq.

Elliot Danziger is the owner and founder of the law firm
of Danziger Legal PLLC. Elliot specializes in real estate
transactions and divorce and family law...Read More

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