A divorce is never stress-free, but certain processes can make it easier in California. Collaborative divorce is one of the best options for spouses who want a quicker, low-conflict separation. If you and your spouse are ending your marriage, you may want to know how the collaborative divorce process works and what to expect.
What is collaborative divorce?
Collaborative divorce is a method for getting a divorce when both spouses agree to settle things together without court intervention. They may rely on mediators to help settle certain issues, but the process allows them to work together in a way that benefits both of them as well as their children.
If there are different points of view on certain issues, a mediator can be integral in a collaborative divorce proceeding. Other professionals can also be involved to settle any disputes.
How does collaborative divorce work?
Negotiation is the key when it comes to collaborative divorce. You and your spouse work together with professionals to come to an agreement on all important matters. You get to negotiate a settlement agreement that works for both of you and meet regularly to discuss pressing issues such as spousal support, child support, and child custody.
You also sign a formal agreement stating that your attorneys will leave the case if you cannot reach a settlement but have to go to court. However, if an agreement is made, your divorce may be quickly and uneventfully settled without having to deal with lengthy court hearings.
In addition to saving time, the collaborative divorce process helps you and your spouse to save money by avoiding court. If you can both share any and all information you feel is necessary and decide how to handle a variety of issues together, it’s possible to finalize your separation in a cheaper and faster manner.