The divorce process can be one of the most legally complex and stressful events in the life of a family. For some couples, they want their divorce to end as quickly as possible. Others, for various reasons, want to see what can be a vicious legal fight drag on for as long as possible.
Collaborative law, however, is a method outside of a traditional divorce that can facilitate a divorce in a cost effective and more amicable way.
Why is Collaborative Law Effective?
In order for a divorce to go as smoothly as possible, maintaining a cooperative working relationship both during and after a divorce helps divorcing couples, especially when children are involved. There may be complex issues that need to be sorted out during a divorce, and a healthy approach can make the entire process less emotionally taxing. Additionally, it may be in the best interests of any children involved.
Who Gets Involved in Collaborative Law?
Each party in a divorce will have his or her own lawyer who provides legal advice and ensures that the party’s rights are protected. In addition to each party’s individual representation, there are often times other kinds of professionals who assist in helping the process run smoothly. Other professionals that may be involved in the divorce process include:
- Child Therapists;
- Tax Professionals;
- Divorce Coaches; and
- Financial Advisors.
These professionals are there to work for your immediate best interests as well as the best interests of future interactions you may have with an ex-spouse.
What if Collaborative Law Does Not Work?
In the event that a collaborative divorce does not work out, and you and your spouse decide to go another route, you can withdraw from the process at any time. If you withdraw, you will likely have to start from the beginning with an experienced and compassionate divorce lawyer.
Collaborative law is an option for couples who are willing to work through their personal differences and not get bogged down in the smaller details that can make litigation in divorce court extremely expensive. However, there are circumstances that can make collaborative law not the best option. For example, if one spouse has a history of emotional abuse or substance abuse, collaborative law may not be equipped to handle those kinds of issues.
Collaborative Law or Contested Divorce?
Each divorce is unique, with different circumstances, financial stakes, and varying levels of emotional tension. If you are considering divorce and would like to discuss your options, contact our skilled Orland Park divorce attorney to schedule your free consultation. Attorney Mark L. Kezy is a compassionate and dedicated divorce lawyer who has a respected and proven track record representing his clients through some of the most emotionally trying times of their lives. Call at 708-518-8200 today.