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A collaborative divorce: 4 benefits

You know that despite your differences, you and your spouse can work together to get through a divorce without making it contentious. That's great news, because when you can work together, you're more likely to create a settlement that works well for your needs.

While a divorce can be complicated and it's likely you may not agree on everything, what you're trying to do is possible. This process is called a collaborative divorce. In a collaborative divorce, you don't take your problems to the court room for a scenario where a judge determines who "wins" or "loses." Instead, you negotiate with one another until you can come up with a solution you can both agree with.

Are there benefits to going through a collaborative divorce?

Yes. These are a few to consider:

1. Saving money

One benefit that you may be in favor of is saving money. The more money you save during your divorce, the more you're likely to walk away with in your settlement.

2. It's informal

Next, it's actually a very informal situation when you go through a collaborative divorce. It's not as stressful as preparing for court, and that can help bring down the amount of tension you or your spouse feel toward the divorce and each other.

3. You get to negotiate

In a collaborative divorce, you get to negotiate a result that works for both of you instead of allowing a judge to determine what is fair. This is a particularly good idea if you have children, since you will need to continue to work with and talk to one another in the future.

4. It saves time

A collaborative divorce also saves time. Since you're working together, you don't have to wait long periods of time for court dates and hearings. Instead, you come up with your settlement and get to submit it to the judge for your final hearing.

These are a few reasons a collaborative divorce might be the right decision for you. If you're ready for this kind of process, your attorney can help you with your plans.

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