What’s the Difference?
When emotions are running high, it might seem like traditional divorce litigation is the only available option. It may not be the best route in every circumstance, however.
The Decision is Out of Your Hands
Traditional litigated divorce is an option that can often lead to a drawn-out stressful process, both financially and emotionally, particularly where there are children. What could result with greater uncertainty and anxiety is that the ultimate outcome is out of the control of both spouses, and could very possibly be decided by a judge who is completely unfamiliar with what is most important to you.
With collaborative divorce, the final outcome is within your control. Collaborative divorce enables each spouse to choose his or her own attorney and work together to find the best resolution for both sides. Collaborative divorce allows each spouse the opportunity to have their voice heard in a safe and positive environment, which generally results in the expenditure of less time, energy, and money than traditional divorce litigation.
A Better Choice
Although it might be difficult to see the final resolution when first starting the divorce process, creating a solution together with your former spouse and professional team members can have many benefits. This is especially true when children are involved. When former spouses fight in court, there can be significant and long-lasting emotional consequences for the children.
The Right Lawyer Makes All the Difference
For many divorcing couples, the final deciding factor when choosing collaborative divorce over litigated divorce comes down to their choice of lawyer. Traditionally, in many litigated divorces, one or both sides is ready to do whatever it takes to get their way and they often don’t mind hurting the other person in the process. This can often lead to attorneys who have difficulty working together, making the litigated process long, difficult, and drawn-out, which can result in significant fees and leave both spouses feeling like no one really “won.” With collaborative divorce, each side is guided by their own attorney and other professionals as needed. This approach makes it easier for each lawyer to work well together.