What Is Collaborative Divorce?

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Over the years, our firm has handled countless divorce cases. We have learned that no two families are alike and all require personalized legal counsel and support to get to a favorable outcome. When couples are willing to work together to dissolve their marriage and move forward with their lives, it is often much more beneficial for all parties involved. Collaborative divorce is a way for couples to maintain healthy relationships as they move on from marriage.

As an alternative to traditional divorce litigation, collaborative divorce has only recently begun to gain popularity and traction. Our Mesa divorce lawyer is proud to help couples resolve their legal issues in a more peaceful manner, maintaining a positive atmosphere throughout the entire process. It also helps many clients save on costs, as typically no court time is involved.


Furthermore, a majority of legal steps and fees are eliminated with a collaborative divorce, allowing both parties enjoy a less time-consuming and expensive divorce.


How does the collaborative process work?

At the core of a collaborative divorce must be a willingness to work together from both spouses. If one spouse will not compromise in certain areas or refuses to communicate honestly, it can greatly hinder the process and may ultimately lead the couple back to divorce litigation. This is why it is so important to discuss your situation with a divorce attorney in Mesa ahead of time to ensure that it is the best option for your case.

Overall, the following will likely be involved in your collaborative divorce:

  • Each spouse will retain an attorney to represent them
  • Both parties must sign a collaborative agreement
  • Coaches or specialists may be brought in
  • All sides work to peacefully resolve issues
  • A fair settlement is created that honors both spouses

One of the biggest concerns for spouses is child custody. This issue can be resolved through effective communication, compromise, and understanding. As the child deserves to spend time with both parents, an agreement should be reached that protects their best interests. This is why a child specialist may be included in the process to provide helpful advice.

Another contentious issue is property division. In cases were a significant amount of wealth or assets need to be divided, a financial expert can be brought in to help parties evaluate all property involved and divvy it up in a fair manner. Both sides should give full disclosure of all financial information to avoid future conflict.

Want to find out if collaborative divorce is right for you? Reach out to our firm or fill out your case evaluation today!