Q) What Are the Benefits of Collaborative Family Law?
A) Collaborative family law focuses on providing a framework that will allow all involved parties to reach a mutually agreed upon settlement of their disputes. The process results in valuable, tangible, benefits. It creates a cooperative environment that encourages communication. It provides a setting where you can work together with your spouse to meet your children’s needs — regardless of their ages. The process is designed to set a tone that will encourage open communication and reduced conflict in the future.
- It establishes a team approach instead of adversaries. Your lawyer supports you; your spouse’s lawyer supports your spouse. But you all work together in formulating resolutions to your marital difficulties and, in doing so, retain control of the process. Nothing gets resolved in a collaborative divorce unless you agree to it.
- In matters requiring expert opinions, both parties can jointly hire one independent consultant. That helps shorten the duration of the case and reduce the overall expense.
- You and your spouse shape the agreements together — which means you both are more likely to abide by them in the future. Such an arrangement diminishes the parental conflict the adversarial litigation system tends to generate, and helps protect children from facing the anguish and divided loyalties that result from going to “war”.
- You can schedule meetings with all parties without waiting for court dates. That means you generally spend less time and, as a result, less money to achieve your goals of emotional and financial closure. It also means you eliminate the fear and anxiety associated with court proceedings.
- Your issues stay within the collaborative law setting. That gives you more privacy and greater confidentiality — and less stress during an already stressful time.
- Collaborative family law focuses on all involved parties reaching a mutually agreed upon settlement of their disputes. The process results in valuable benefits, such as, the ability to continue to communicate with your spouse for the benefit of the children at the conclusion of your divorce.
- It creates a cooperative environment where communication remains open, which provides a setting where you can work with your spouse to meet your children’s needs — regardless of their ages. That helps set a tone for open communication and reduced conflict in the future.