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How Does Collaborative Divorce Work?

How Does Collaborative Divorce Work? Grand Rapids Attorney

The divorce process doesn't have to drag on for years in court. If you and your spouse are able to come to some agreements outside of court, you may want to consider getting a collaborative divorce.

A divorce attorney like Sean Patrick Cox will respect the collaborative divorce process and help you negotiate a settlement that's mutually beneficial for both you and your spouse.

Save Time and Money

A collaborative divorce can help you save time and money if both parties are willing to compromise. The reason why divorce is so expensive is because people often use the process to hurt their soon-to-be ex-spouses. For example, a person may demand full child custody to hurt the other parent, rather than do what's best for the child.

The more arguments you have, the longer you stretch out the divorce process and the more you'll end up spending in the long run. Since both parties are willing to work together and compromise during a collaborative divorce, the process runs quickly.

Reduce Stress on Children

Many people choose a collaborative divorce to lessen the stress on their shared children. When you negotiate a divorce settlement outside of court, you lose a big part of the win-lose mentality. Instead, the goal of a collaborative divorce is to come to an agreement that benefits both sides. Since a collaborative divorce takes place outside of court, your private family matters will stay out of the public eye.

Hire the Right Attorney

It's important you hire the right divorce attorney for your case. Not all divorce lawyers recognize the value of collaboration and may only have experience aggressively fighting for their clients' rights in court. An aggressive stance doesn't work for collaborative divorce, which is why you'll want to research divorce lawyers before hiring one.

Before we meet with your spouse and their divorce attorney, we'll ask that you meet with us privately to discuss your goals. Our divorce lawyer will help you prioritize and manage expectations so you can get the best outcome from collaborative divorce. Once our attorney knows exactly what you want, he'll be able to negotiate effectively on your behalf.

Reach a Mutually Beneficial Agreement

During the divorce process, you and your attorney will meet with your spouse and their respective attorney multiple times. However, these meetings may also include accountants, child custody specialists, and other professionals. These professionals are neutral, which means they won't be swayed by either you or your spouse. Instead, their goal is to help you settle your divorce outside of court.

It's important to understand that decisions reached during collaborative divorce are binding. This means that you won't be able to litigate if you can't reach an agreement with your spouse and their attorney. To determine if you qualify for a collaborative divorce, call our attorney today. He'll be able to evaluate your case so you can pursue the best course of action.

Our divorce lawyer is dedicated to helping people just like you settle their divorces out of court through collaboration. To schedule your consultation with our divorce attorney, call the Law Offices of Sean Patrick Cox in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.