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Benefits of Collaborative Law?
What are the benefits of collaborative law?
Collaborative law, when it works, is better for just about everyone involved in a divorce. The benefits include:
- Fewer expenses, since you won’t have to waste months or years in litigation, pay experts, and shell out for exorbitant court costs.
- Less stress for you and your former spouse. You won’t have to waste time and emotional resources fighting and attempting to destroy one another.
- More control over the process. Rather than allowing a judge to determine how your life and your children’s lives look, you can come up with a plan that works for your needs and your family.
- A process that’s much better for your children. No matter how hard you try, your children know you’re fighting. If you work together via a collaborative law process, you model healthy conflict management to your kids. You also provide them with the safety and reassurance that this healthy management of conflict offers.
- Faster resolution. Collaborative law is much quicker than going through the long and exhausting litigation process.
- Help to manage your conflicts. Collaborative law means collaborating with experts. You’ll get help communicating with one another. This can help you more effectively manage conflicts for years to come.
Are there any drawbacks to the collaborative law process?
The primary drawback to collaborative law is that you must work together. For most couples, this is a good thing. If your former spouse is uncooperative, abusive, or otherwise uninterested in collaboration, however, collaborative law is doomed to fail.
When collaborative law fails, it can prolong the process. The time you spend collaborating is time you might otherwise have spent preparing to litigate. So if you or your ex is uninterested in collaboration, it’s better to admit that upfront. Otherwise you could end up spending more on a process that fails. If, however, you’re not sure, going through the collaborative law process may be extremely beneficial. The professionals with whom you work can help you better manage conflict, showing you that divorcing couples really can work together.
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