Even if you and your spouse/partner don't think of yourselves as "collaborative," a positive Collaborative Divorce outcome is still possible.
The Collaborative Process can be a good option for you if any or all of the following sound good to you:
- You want a civilized, respectful and fair resolution of the issues.
- Your opinions differ so much that it's hard to imagine that you could reach agreement.
- You want to avoid resolving disputes in an acrimonious, adversarial way.
- It is important for you to have control over timing and outcome.
- You believe that you have a better understanding of what is best for you and your family than a judge who doesn’t know you or your family.
- You value an open process that will provide you with all the information that you want and need.
- You see the value in getting guidance and support for your emotions, finances, co-parenting and children.
- You're willing to consider creative solutions to the issues facing your family.
- It is important to have good working co-parenting relationship with your spouse in the future.
- It is important for you to minimize conflict with your spouse and model respectful behavior for your children.
- You want the well-being and needs of your children to be considered throughout the divorce/separation process as well as in the future.
As long as the couple commits to the Collaborative Process, it is appropriate for:
- Legally married couples and unmarried (common-law) couples
- Couples who have children and couples without children
- Same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples
- Individuals of any ethnicity
- Individuals of any religion
Why use Collaborative Divorce