One out of two first marriages in the U.S end in divorce. For second marriages, the rate is two out of three. And nearly three out of four third marriages end in divorce. Divorce can be financially and emotionally devastating to those involved. But fortunately, a more harmonious option based on collaboration has become increasingly popular. It focuses on producing a positive end result that works for both parties.
Collaboration has been a process that has been used to settle grudges amongst street gangs, dueling businesses, and even disputes that occur between nations. Suzy Eckstein, family law attorney and practitioner of collaborative divorce, believes that more clients should be made aware of this option. “Very often, a divorcing client comes to an advisor and asks for help and guidance around this overwhelming process,” she said. “It’s really important that they have an understanding of and information about their choices in the divorce process. And [collaborative divorce] has the potential to create more durable agreements that serve everyone and avoid repeated litigation.”
The collaborative process seeks an agreement that according to the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) “provides you and your spouse or partner with the support and guidance of your own lawyers without going to court.” In collaboration, the couple utilizes the expertise of multiple experts – financial, mental health, as well as child specialists that work with their attorneys, forming a team in order to resolve differences and disputes.
Collaboration as Good Option
If you decide that collaboration is a good option for you, you will want to work with a trusted attorney that will be able to guide you through the process. Choosing your team will be a vital part of making it through the divorce process.
Source: ThinkAdvisor, Collaborative Divorce: A Win-Win Dissolution, August 25, 2014
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