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What to expect during a collaborative divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2024 | Family Law

Divorce is not an easy undertaking. Both partners often experience financial and emotional stress during the proceedings.

However, if you can adopt a collaborative approach, you can make the process smoother and more manageable.

Initial consultation

This family law process typically begins with a joint meeting between both spouses and their respective collaborative professionals. During this meeting, both parties discuss the goals and guidelines of the collaborative process.

Full disclosure

Did you know that 989,518 women got divorced in 2022? Many of these divorces may have resulted from lack of transparency in the marriage. However, transparency is key in a collaborative divorce. Both parties will need to fully disclose their financial assets, debts and any other relevant information.

Joint meetings

Throughout the collaborative process, joint meetings will address various issues, such as child custody, support arrangements and division of assets. These meetings provide a platform for constructive discussions and negotiations.

Child-centered approach

If the couple has children, their well-being is a top priority in a collaborative divorce. Both parents work together to create a parenting plan that addresses the needs and interests of their children.

Finalizing the agreement

Once the couple resolves their issues, they formalize the terms of the divorce. The collaborative professionals assist in drafting a legally binding agreement that reflects the decisions made by the spouses, ensuring clarity and enforceability.

During a collaborative divorce, the parties can explore creative solutions that may not be possible in a traditional litigated divorce. By working together, spouses can tailor agreements to meet their unique needs and circumstances.

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