Litigation is not the only option for divorce, though the media often makes it seem like it is. It is just one of many, and often the most expensive and stressful one on top of that.
Instead, couples going through divorce could try things like collaboration. But exactly how does it work, and who does it work for?
How collaboration works in divorce
Cornell Law School discusses collaborative divorce as an option. This option involves both parties in a marriage hiring a personal representative. These official figures will then negotiate on behalf of their client to find a suitable and sustainable middle path that meets everyone’s needs, and that everyone can find agreeable.
Typically they help a couple work through some of the most contentious matters of divorce. This can include child custody or visitation rights, child support, spousal support, or the division of debts or assets from within the marriage.
Who finds it most beneficial?
In most cases, a couple who will find this type of divorce beneficial and doable are those who go into it with a level of mutual understanding, respect, and the ability to work together in a collaborative setting. This does not mean the couple needs to agree on every little thing. However, they should have the ability to set aside their personal grievances and differences in order to work toward a mutually agreeable decision.
If a couple cannot stop arguing or cannot come to an agreement or compromise on anything no matter how hard they try, then collaborative divorce might not suit them well. Fortunately, other options exist outside of both litigation and collaboration, too.