It's no secret that going through a divorce can be challenging, contentious, and expensive. Most divorces don't rise to the level of drama presented on primetime television, but that doesn't mean it's a walk in the park, either. Divorces commonly require attorneys, time, money, and in some cases, a lengthy trial.
A collaborative divorce is a legal divorce process that allows couples to negotiate all the terms of a divorce, without the need for mud-slinging or fighting in court. Couples will use a combination of mediation and negotiation to reach an agreement on the critical terms of divorce, like property and debt division, child custody and child support, and spousal support.
The collaborative divorce process first begins with a conversation between divorcing spouses to ensure that both are willing to negotiate and work together in the collaborative process. If either party is unwilling to participate, a collaborative divorce won't work.