The Pros of Collaborative Divorce

Going through a divorce does not always have to be a messy process. Many people have a friend or family member they know that went through a long, exhaustive divorce that drained resources and left all parties with a bitter sense of resentment. While some cases require litigation, working through a Collaborative divorce can be a great option.

We are proud to be among leading Collaborative divorce attorneys in Grand Rapids and believe there are many benefits to the process. Here is what you need to know about Collaborative divorce and some of the positive reasons to consider this option.

The Basics

A Collaborative divorce starts with a contract agreeing to work together with your spouse, your lawyers and other professionals as a team addressing all relevant issues. The Collaborative mental health professional will work as a divorce coach, aiding in communication and helping with the emotional aspects of the divorce. In the event that the Collaborative process is unsuccessful and litigation is required, the agreement is dissolved and couples must move forward with a different attorney.

We can help describe the process more in depth during a consultation or with our online resources, but here are some of the benefits of a Collaborative divorce.

Reduce Conflict. When successful, a Collaborative divorce can greatly reduce conflict and lower negative feelings between you and your spouse. Though there will always be emotional healing after a divorce, the reduced conflict, resentment and bitterness can be a positive thing for all parties.

Avoid Litigation. Litigating a divorce case can add a lot of time, expense, and frustration to your case. If you are able to work together with your spouse, it  i likely that you will reach agreements on all matters more efficiently, less expensively and with less paperwork. This also allows you to complete the divorce more privately, as litigation would require some personal details to enter the public record.

Customization. Divorce attorneys know that all cases have unique needs, and a Collaborative divorce can help you address all of those. The process lends itself to creating custom, unique solutions to issues that work best for you and your spouse. Court rulings may be more based on precedent than addressing your specific situation.

Solution Oriented. Another perk of the Collaborative divorce process is that it focuses on reaching solutions and solving problems. That is the goal from the beginning, and it helps people work together openly and honestly in a less formal setting. It is in everybody’s best interests to reach agreeable solutions during a Collaborative divorce, otherwise it could end up dragging out even longer in the courtroom.

While a Collaborative divorce may not be the best option for you, there are certainly plenty of reasons to explore it as a possibility. If you would like to learn more about Collaborative divorce or schedule a consultation, call or email us today!