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What You Need to Know About Collaborative Divorce

Published August 26, 2020
For divorcing couples who are still able to communicate productively with one another, a collaborative divorce offers flexibility and autonomy, allowing both individuals to plan for brighter futures after the marriage ends. Learn more about the process now.

When it comes to divorce, there are several options for completing the process. While many people automatically picture heated battles in the courtroom, there are less aggressive ways of negotiating the terms of your divorce. In fact, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse may never have to step foot in a courtroom. If you and your ex are willing to work together in a civil and productive manner to determine the terms of your divorce, a collaborative divorce may offer you the flexibility and sense of autonomy that can help you build your newly separate life paths. Here’s a quick overview of the collaborative divorce process, so you can determine whether this option could help you achieve your divorce goals.

A Customized Approach to Suit Your Needs

One main benefit of the collaborative divorce process is the ability to customize your collaborative team to address your unique needs. Typically, each spouse works with a divorce attorney of their choosing to discuss and negotiate the terms of the divorce. While many divorcing couples find this group of four individuals to be sufficient, there are other professionals who can participate in the collaborative divorce process to provide you with additional resources and support.

For example, if you or your spouse feels the need for additional emotional support during this challenging period, a mental health therapist or a divorce coach could be a useful resource. Or, if you believe that you and your spouse need additional assistance with the financial aspects of your divorce, you may wish to consult a financial specialist, such as an accountant or financial planner, who can provide answers to your questions. If you have children, meeting with a child psychologist or other licensed professional may help you make more informed decisions about child visitation or child custody arrangements. You may end up involving all, some, or none of these resources, but it’s helpful to recognize that they are there if you need them.

The Collaborative Divorce Process

At the start of the collaborative divorce process, the spouses and their attorneys usually agree to sign an agreement that states their intention of keeping the process outside of court. By signing this statement, each party commits themselves to working openly, honestly, and in a collaborative spirit. Remember, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be on friendly terms—it simply means that you will act civilly towards each other, listen, and work towards a common goal. Once the agreement is signed, you will meet with the team as needed until a settlement is reached. Along the way, each spouse may request private meetings with their own attorneys. Some meetings may include other processionals, such as a financial advisor or child psychologist. Once a divorce agreement has been reached, it will be submitted to the court for a judge’s formal approval.

Learn More About Collaborative Divorce Today

If you think that collaborative divorce could work for you, it may be time to reach out to an experienced legal professional who can offer you a deeper look at what the process entails. The dedicated and compassionate legal team at Lee Tyler Family Law, P.C. can answer your questions and connect you with the professional support you need to get the process started. Call (503) 233-8868 today to arrange a consultation with a seasoned collaborative divorce attorney who can help you achieve your goals.

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