In the past, couples who were seeking a divorce had to obtain one through the court system. The lengthy process, considerable expense, and adversarial nature of court proceedings have caused some families to start looking for a different and more positive way to settle the issues surrounding their divorce. One alternative is through collaborative law, and it has many benefits over litigation when utilized in divorces.
In a collaborative divorce, each side works with their own attorney. Unlike in a traditional court proceeding, the goal of the attorneys is to help the parties identify and reach a solution. Both sides have regular meetings in which they all collaborate towards developing an equitable solution. In addition to the assistance of an attorney, collaborative divorce also allows other professionals to offer their valuable input on the issues involved in the divorce.
To see if your family would benefit from a more positive and collaborative approach, we have compiled 4 key benefits to keep in mind:
- Benefit of third-party professionals
Couples who choose collaborative divorce have the unique opportunity to have other professionals contribute their expertise to the issues that are being contested in the divorce. For instance, an accountant might offer guidance on financial matters, while a child care specialist could provide insight into the best way to minimize the divorce’s impact on your children.
- Preserving family relationships
One of the key benefits of a collaborative divorce is that it preserves family relationships. Traditional litigation is adversarial and contentious. Collaborative divorce, on the other hand, allows couples to work together with the help of their attorneys and other professionals to create a solution that focuses on what is best for the family, rather than who is “right” and who is “wrong.”
For couples with children, collaborative divorce is especially beneficial. Some litigated divorces can turn ugly and it is often upsetting and confusing for children to see their parents as adversaries. By working together, parents can effectively send the message that while the marriage may be over, their individual relationship with their children remains intact.
- Control over customizable solutions
Another key benefit to collaborative divorce is that it allows the parties to have much more control over the outcome, and come up with custom solutions that work for their family’s particular circumstances. Having an open atmosphere that allows for the discussion of opinions, needs, and wants makes the parties active participants and much more likely to be content with the solution reached.
- Faster and less expensive than litigation
Collaborative divorce also saves individuals time and money. Litigation is often lengthy and expensive; collaborative divorce helps to cut costs because you’re agreeing on solutions, submitting information voluntarily, and minimizing associated court costs and attorney fees.
Collaborative Divorce Services for Gwinnett County, Georgia
The Law Offices of Adam Stein are proud to offer both litigation and collaborative divorce services to residents of Gwinnett County, Georgia. To find out more about our services and whether a collaborative divorce is right for your family, please visit us online at www. www.family-lawyer.biz or contact our office at (770) 822-1985 for your free initial consultation.