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Could collaborative divorce and separation be right for you?

For most people the process of divorcing or separating from a common-law relationship is not easy. The dramatic changes that accompany ending a marriage or a relationship are often emotionally draining. The approach taken in the divorce or separation could add to this stress. Fortunately, there are options when it comes to how to divorce or separate. One of these options is to use a collaborative family law process approach.

Couples that opt for this approach will work together to reach agreements in matters related to the divorce or separation. This route, which is usually less expensive than going to court, can be used by any couple. It is often particularly appealing when children are involved however, as it can keep the damaging stress that could be felt by the kids, to a minimum.

In most cases both parties to a divorce or separation will have teams to support them. In addition to a lawyer trained in collaborative divorce/separation, a mental health professional will sometimes be included. Other neutral professionals that can help with financial planning and the needs of the children may be involved as well. Together these individuals can help the divorcing or separating couple navigate the end of their marriage/relationship in a less antagonistic fashion and place the divorcing or separating couple in a good position to start the next phase of life.

The goal of every collaborative divorce or seperation is to provide the parties with the tools necessary to divorce or separate while maintaining respect for each other. Should, for some reason, the approach fail, parties can still go to court. This is effectively starting the process over however, and each party must secure new lawyers. Because this prolongs the process, and creates additional expenses, it is in the best interest of all to complete the matter collaboratively.

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