Experiencing a divorce is never easy. Typically, divorces involve a myriad of legal action and plenty of attorney involvement, not to mention the fees that come with divorces. Fortunately, a new divorce law is now in place to settle marital disagreements. While some divorces come with little-to-no disputes, others find themselves in the middle. In other words, a couple seeking divorce wants to come to agreements outside of the courtroom, but generally have different views on various issues involving custody and finances. That’s where collaborative divorce comes in.
On average, collaborative divorces can be completed two to three times faster than conventional litigation in a court house, and can cost 50% to 75% less than traditionally litigated divorces in court. That means you could be divorced in as little as 60 to 90 days, and you each save thousands of litigation dollars.
More About Collaborative Divorce
Collaborative divorce alleviates disagreements for couples by problem-solving rather than by trying to “win” in a court of law. In other words, couples mediate and negotiate to come to an agreement with the assistance of collaboratively trained professionals. In order for this to work, both parties need to be willing to mutually agree to diverting the case to the collaborative process . Collaborative divorce allows you to save time/money and come to an agreement that works for both parties.
How The Process Works
- Each person hires an attorney, typically trained in collaborative law.
- You consult your attorney (individually) to explain your goals and what you want.
- You and your attorney set up recurring group meetings with your spouse and his/her attorney.
- If needed, third-party representatives will be invited in to help you reach an agreement. This would often include a “financial neutral” or a “communications coach” depending on the types of disagreements a couple if facing.
- On your first day of collaboration, both parties will sign a “no court” collaborative agreement, which states that if the case does not resolve 100% within collaboration, and instead diverts back to court, you’ll have to start anew with different legal representation and new third party professionals.
- Once collaboration complete, your attorneys will file your final legal papers and settlement agreement. Then, the judge signs off. You will have never seen the inside of a court room, nor will the public have access to any of your collaborative details, which remain 100% confidential.
For more information, dozens of videos and commentary about the emerging collaborative divorce process in Arizona, go to www.bestlegalchoices.com.