A divorce ends the marriage but it does not sever family ties or relationships. Using the concept of Collaborative Divorce, parties are empowered to make sound, long-lasting decisions for themselves and their family for years to come.
For many people the end of a marriage or relationship can be tragic. Often the process of divorcing only adds to the pain when spouses see each other as adversaries and the divorce as as battleground. Emotions are overpowering and tend to increase the conflict. But it doesn’t have to be this way – there is a more constructive alternative that a growing number of parting couples are participating in called Collaborative Divorce.
What is Collaborative Divorce? Collaborative Divorce is a cost-effective, problem solving approach that can minimize the impact of conflict by focusing on mutual respect. Collaborative Practice is a reasonable approach to divorce based on three principles: (1) a pledge not to go to court, (2) an honest exchange of information by both spouses, and (3) a solution that takes into account the highest priorities of both spouses. Parties benefit from a team approach, where they will be supported by professionals with the right expertise to guide and inform them along the way.
When you choose Collaborative Divorce…
- You choose to put family first
- You avoid the courtroom and the associated stress and expense
- You problem solve to work for solutions
- You make a plan for the future
What do you Gain…
- Control in the process
- Financial confidence
- Happy children
- A saved family unit
- Your dignity
- Preservation of privacy
Find more information about collaborative practice at the Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota’s Website.
Divorce is a trauma that creates change not anticipated or expected. To help heal, you need a process where you have control over the changing dynamics and think creatively to fit your needs. This is where the power of collaboration works.
Sometimes a picture says it all – Collaborative Divorce helps keep children’s voices heard so they stay out of the middle.