On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.
The first images that generally come to people’s minds when they hear the word “divorce” are couples screaming at each other, going through lengthy court battles and generally being very unhappy with the outcome of the case. While this is all-too-common, it does not have to be the only way. One of the easier ways to handle the end of a marriage is to go through a collaborative divorce.
Collaborative divorce is handled, at least in part, outside of the courts. Any dispute you and your partner have is handled in a relaxed, informal setting. This situation is optimal for couples who are still amicable. Both parties must be willing to go through with the negotiations in order for collaboration to be effective.
A collaboration setting allows for free-flowing, open and honest communication. You save money and time by staying out of the courts. In addition, you can decide for yourselves how assets and debts will be divided. The outcome is almost always more advantageous than a court-appointed arrangement.
In a collaborative divorce, each partner still needs a family law attorney to make sure you get what you want out of the separation. The attorney can help you negotiate with your partner to make sure you get as close to possible as your desires. If needed, a licensed mediator may also be hired to act as an impartial third party who helps the divorcing spouses reach an equitable deal.
The most important thing is to find an attorney who is well-versed in these kinds of family law issues and will not be the kind of overly-assertive lawyer who is often needed in the courtroom. Anyone in Missouri who is interested in a collaborative divorce should consider contacting an experienced attorney to begin the process.