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Divorcing couples should understand collaborative divorce


Many divorcing couples in California may not be familiar with collaborative divorce, but it is an option that can help with the divorce process. Divorce can be an emotional and difficult life experience for many couples but collaborative divorce is an option to help minimize the negative impact of a divorce on the divorcing couple and their family.

Collaborative divorce is an alternative to the traditional divorce process because it is strategically focused on resolving divorce-related issues in a respectful manner. The process is focused on problem-solving and open-mindedness and can allow couples to reach more amicable resolutions to their divorce concerns. Collaborative divorce requires that both spouses agree that the divorce will remain out of court and that they will work together to reach solutions that are best for them and any children from the marriage.

Each party has a representative and it is important for the spouses to understand the ground rules associated with the collaborative divorce process. The parties, with their representatives, will meet and share their goals for the process. It is important for the spouses to determine what their personal goals are and what their needs are based on their goals. Clearly defining what they hope to obtain in their divorce settlement will help them negotiate in areas where they are more flexible rather than taking unnecessarily rigid positions concerning issues that are not of true importance to them.

Other professionals, including counselors, financial experts and others, may also be engaged to help the couple resolve divorce-related issues. When couples remain focused on the issues and the big-picture goals for the future following the divorce, collaborative divorce can save time and money for the couple because it is on their schedule and not the courts. As a result, it is a good option for divorcing couples to consider.

Source: NJ.com, "Couples work through issues civilly with collaborative divorce," Maria P. Imbalzano, Esq., Nov. 4, 2016

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