By its nature, divorce is an adversarial process. But what happens when a couple wants to end their marriage without behaving like adversaries? In recent years, divorcing couples have started turning to a process known as collaborative divorce.
According to the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals:
"Collaborative Divorce, is a new way for you to resolve disputes respectfully -- without going to court -- while working with trained professionals who are important to all areas of your life. The heart of Collaborative Practice or Collaborative Divorce (also called "no-court divorce," "divorce with dignity," "peaceful divorce") is to offer you and your spouse or partner the support, protection, and guidance of your own lawyers without going to court. Additionally, Collaborative Divorce allows you the benefit of child and financial specialists, divorce coaches and other professionals all working together on your team."
First things first: Collaborative divorce is not for everyone. It requires divorcing couples to trust one another and work toward a mutually desirable goal. You shouldn't consider a collaborative divorce if:
On the flip side, collaborative divorce is appropriate if:
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