When a couple decides to end their marriage, they have the option of either a traditional or a collaborative divorce proceeding.
Since each divorce is unique, one process may not have an advantage over the other. However, couples should understand the differences before filing for divorce.
Individuals control a collaborative divorce instead of the courts
In a collaborative divorce, couples work together to create the conditions of their separation. Each spouse agrees to be open and honest regarding assets and financial information. As a result, couples avoid court-required discovery, motions, and appearances required in a traditional divorce. The spouses maintain control over the decisions that affect their family and have access to experts if needed.
Collaborative divorces remain private instead of becoming public record
Since a collaborative divorce remains between the couple, it is much easier to keep the separation confidential. Matters that end up in court become public record, which means that financial, employment and personal information is available for anyone to see.
Traditional divorces might use more resources than collaborative divorces
Divorces that end up in court may cost more and take longer to finalize than collaborative divorces. The court process requires hearings before a judge, may demand multiple experts, and entails extensive preparation. While some divorce proceedings need these steps to come to a conclusion, if spouses agree about wanting to work together, they may succeed with a collaborative divorce. They can save time and money by avoiding court.
Both traditional and collaborative divorces have benefits depending on each situation. Being informed about the different options may make the divorce proceedings easier for those involved.