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Collaborative divorce is one options for couples to consider

Courtrooms can sometimes be intimidating for families going through the divorce process. They may also lack the privacy some families would prefer, especially when children are involved. Depending on the couple and disputes that may arise between the couple, the divorce process can be time consuming and include high costs and sometimes bitter feelings. One method of avoiding all of that may be the collaborative divorce process.

The collaborative divorce process is another divorce option for couples to consider. The collaborative divorce process can be more conducive to shared agreements which will benefit both parties while protecting their interests as well. The collaborative divorce process is similar to the traditional divorce process because it involves negotiation of divorce-related issues. However, it involves a commitment to shared resolutions and differs in that it also involves a commitment to not litigating the divorce in the traditional courtroom-involved divorce process.

Representatives of the parties are committed to reaching resolutions through the collaborative divorce process, as are the parties themselves. Many experts are also commonly involved in the collaborative divorce process to help ensure couples reach informed resolutions related to their divorce-related concerns such as property division, spousal support, child support and child custody. Experts that may be involved in the collaborative divorce process to help resolve these concerns can include financial experts, mental health experts and other experts as the need arises.

The collaborative divorce process is a flexible yet committed process that can help meet the needs of a family as they go through the divorce process. Couples should be aware that the family law process provides different options to best help them through the challenges and transitions associated with a divorce.

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