Collaborative divorce is a relatively new option for couples that are considering divorce. The process is different than the more traditional form of litigation in a number of ways. In some cases, the collaborative process can prove beneficial for both parties.
Two specific reasons to take this process into consideration include efficiency and a reduced risk for exhaustion.
How is collaborative divorce more efficient?
Litigation can be a lengthy process. As the time to finalize the divorce increases, so does the cost. Collaboration generally takes less time. This is because the process hinges primarily on the schedules of the two individuals getting divorced and less on the schedule of the court.
How does collaborative divorce reduce the risk of exhaustion?
Litigation and collaborative divorce are both taxing. However, the process for collaborative divorce is generally less so. As noted in a recent piece in the Huffington Post, "litigation can make you want to crawl into bed for a year."
The collaborative divorce process can help mitigate this exhaustion in a number of ways. First, it can give both parties a better sense of control over the process as they negotiate an agreement together instead of relying solely on the court. The process can also fuel a more fruitful negotiation conversation between the parties instead of a battle focused only on each side's interests.
Should I use collaborative divorce?
There are many benefits to this process. That said, there are certain cases that do not do well in the collaborative process. Any marriage that was fraught with abuse or power struggles may not find success through collaboration.
Those who are not in this type of situation are wise to consider the collaborative divorce process.