Collaborative Law is not for all couples. Sometimes, one side of the marriage is unwilling and/or psychologically unable to come to an agreement. In these situations, a traditional divorce in court where a judge decides the case may be more appropriate. However, the benefits of a Collaborative divorce may be enough to convince even the most ardent “fighters” to submit to the Process.
Let us take a look at what a Collaborative divorce achieves:
- Dramatically reduces costs and saves time: Court proceedings are extremely expensive, both in terms of court costs, legal fees, and expert witness fees. Sometimes court proceedings can drag on for much longer than expected, turning a relatively simple divorce into a very expensive process. In comparison, a successful Collaborative Law divorce is quick and will save the parties a lot of money.
- The setting is more relaxed and informal: Court proceedings are intimidating and scary, especially for people who have never had to go to court. It is important to dress up and make the best impression, and all that puts a lot of stress and pressure on the parties. This can also result in the parties finding it harder to reach agreement on important issues, and the stress can affect the home and children. By comparison, everything about the Collaborative Law Process promotes a relaxed atmosphere.
- You are always in control: The Collaborative Law Process does not always work, and in a way, that is one of its benefits. The parties will always have the choice to say yes or no in settlement negotiations. This ensures that if a settlement if achieved, the separation agreement and shared parenting plan will be agreements that work for you.