When people get married, they don’t do so with the thought that they may get divorced one day. When people think of divorce, they usually think of the nasty divorces that they see play out on television and in the movies…where exes are fighting over assets and child custody. Fortunately, that isn’t the only option. Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware of the other option, which is Collaborative Divorce.
These are the top 5 key reasons why people choose Collaborative Divorce:
(1.) Stay Out of Court
Divorcing Collaboratively means staying out of Court and keeping your records private. You meet privately with your spouse and lawyers to negotiate, make decisions that are best for all involved, and settle amicably. Read more here about keeping divorce records private.
(2.) Save Time
Taking a divorce to Court could potentially take years, and who has time for that? Collaborative Divorce could take less than six months. The actual amount of time depends on each individual case.
(3.) Be in Control
Wouldn’t it be better for you and your ex to make the decisions instead of relying on a Judge to step in? When a Judge decides what is going to happen, you can’t just go and change the outcome if you don’t agree with it. It’s iron-clad. That is the whole point of going to Court after all.
(4.) Make Things Easier on the Kids
If you have kids, it’s a good idea to put your ego aside and think of what would be in their best interest in terms of your divorce. This is because divorce can be traumatizing enough without escalating the conflict even more. It is much healthier for kids to be able to see their mom and dad working through things in a mature fashion. This will also help them become more resilient through the changes that come along with divorce. Read more about talking to kids about separation and divorce.
(5.) Less Stress
Working together is much easier on both parties than working against each other in the adversarial Court process. Also, with the shorter duration that it takes to come to a resolution (as compared to divorcing in Court) it also enables spouses to move on faster. Who wants to carry all of that extra stress on their shoulders for longer than it has to be?