Collaborative Divorce vs Adversarial Divorce

Collaborative divorce is a process involving family law attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial specialists, all working together cooperatively to bring about a solution that is just and equitable for all family members. Each of the professionals on the team assist both husband and wife to make informed decisions in an atmosphere of respect and fairness. Without a judge to make orders, the divorcing couple is empowered to make their own informed decisions with the information, education, advice, and guidance of their professional team members.

1. The husband and wife control the pace of their divorce and the decisions being made.

2. The husband and wife receive advice and guidance from a team of professionals, who will not only help them through the current divorce process, but enrich their future lives as well.

3. The children have a voice without fear of what they say being used against one of their parents in court.

4. Compared to the cost of the traditional adversarial litigation method, the cost of the collaborative divorce process can be much less expensive.

5. Dissolving a marriage collaboratively encourages respect and a continuing civil relationship between husband and wife, which is paramount when children are involved.

6. Some of the key benefits of the collaborative divorce process are the following:
A. Mutually created resolutions;
B. Mutually satisfying resolutions;
C. Durable agreements;
D. New tools for effective problem-solving in the future, such as co-parenting issues;
E. Provides other professional resources to smooth transitions; and
F. Provides a safe environment for difficult conversations.

7 In the collaborative divorce model, the parents are able to maximize their financial resources because of the following:
A. Focus and time are spent on resolving problems and creating solutions, not creating more problems through numerous court appearances;
B. The expertise of each team member is brought to bear on creating family solutions;
C. Emotional issues which can inhibit the divorce process are addressed;
D. Working collaboratively and using one neutral financial professional saves time, provides focus and frames financial issues for the parties’ team to solve problems;
E. The process allows all parties to talk with one another to prevent costly, time consuming misunderstandings and additional litigation;
F. The attorneys act as guides through the process, educating their clients regarding the law, instead of taking an advocacy position and then fighting it out in court; and
G. The attorneys and coaches assist the clients in looking to future long-term goals for themselves and their children, in place of setting the client up for more hearings in the future.

2. The collaborative process generally gives both parents the following:
A. Peace of mind, reduced anxiety;
B. Security and privacy;
C. Less conflicts in the future;
D. More control of the outcome; and
E. Knowing you did the right thing and the best you could do for your children.