No one enters a marriage expecting to get divorced. Unfortunately, nearly 50% of marriages in the United States end in divorce. It's a significant life change that can be emotionally and mentally taxing, not to mention the logistical nightmares associated with dividing your and your children's lives into two separate households.
If you face the prospect of divorce, it's important to know all your options. One option that is often overlooked is collaborative divorce. Although deciding to part ways is difficult, choosing a collaborative divorce over a traditional one may be more beneficial.
What is Collaborative Divorce?
In collaborative divorce, both spouses work with their respective teams of lawyers to reach a mutually agreeable resolution on all issues related to the divorce, including:
This type of divorce has many benefits over traditional divorce, typically involving two lawyers fighting it out in court. Collaborative divorce, however, takes place entirely out of the courtroom.
What Are the Benefits of Collaborative Divorce?
A divorce is one of the most stressful life events a person can experience. The uncertainty and lack of control can take a toll on your mental health. Traditional divorces can be even more stressful because they involve going to court and putting your fate in the hands of a judge who doesn't know you or your situation. In contrast, collaborative divorce allows you to maintain control over the outcome of your divorce and avoid the added stress of courtroom litigation.
Better for Your Children
If you have children, they will be affected by your divorce no matter what, but easing their discomfort is possible. Children tend to be caught in the middle of a traditional divorce. They may feel like they have to choose sides or be used as pawns by their parents during the proceedings.
Collaborative divorces tend to be less contentious and allow parents to focus on what is best for their children instead of what is best for themselves. This can help minimize the divorce's impact on children and make it easier for them to adjust to the new family dynamic post-divorce.
More Cost Effective
Divorce is notoriously expensive, especially if it goes to court. The average cost of a traditional divorce is $15,000, but it can quickly multiply into six figures if complex financial issues are involved or the case goes to trial.
Collaborative divorces tend to be much cheaper because they avoid costly litigation fees. Additionally, because collaborative divorces often result in more amicable settlements, there is less need for expensive post-divorce litigation when one spouse doesn't hold up their end of the bargain.
If you're considering getting a divorce, a collaborative divorce might be right for you. If you want to learn more about the process, our attorneys at Family Law San Diego are eager to help. Contact us online or call (619) 577-4900 to let us know how we can help you.