Balancing the pros and cons of collaborative divorce

Your marriage is unique. From when you two met, to how you built the relationship—all the way down to why divorce is on the table now. You need to take a considered look at the best methods of divorce to handle your unique case.

Litigation gets the courts working through the details to make sure everything splits the way Colorado law stipulates. If you can negotiate though, you and your spouse may utilize a collaborative divorce to part ways with more flexibility.

The Cons

According to FindLaw’s articles, courts may provide a sturdier framework to dissolving the marriage contract. Collaborative divorces may sound more pleasant than litigation on paper, but that does not preclude peaceful litigation. Another concern includes the clarity of information. Courts can demand records and transparency from both clients and a collaborative divorce lacks that sort of rigor for data and figures.

One particular concern for costs is hiring an attorney who cannot advocate for you. Both spouses hire their attorneys who both agree not to file in court until they resolve the full agreement. If a collaboration falls through, you may have to hire a new attorney.

The Pros

Despite those risks above, collaborative divorce may still help your separation best. In terms of tension, your negotiations may take place in calmer circumstances than a courtroom. It may benefit your children as well since you can discuss the necessary contracts to provide your children with a more stable life.

A handy benefit involves reducing the process of disagreements. A court may have two experts quibbling over the value of property for who knows how long, where a collaborative divorce invites one expert to make a ruling.

You can make this process easier by learning more about it and determining what divorce process works best for your case.

FindLaw Network
Heidi L. Heinrich
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