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The Benefits of a Collaborative Divorce: Part 2

Filing for dissolution is seldom an easy task to do. Even if it is an amicable divorce, the process involves many emotions and several steps. This could lead to unexpected complications and disputes surrounding issues they did cover initially. Planning and preparing for divorce is not a simple task, and divorcing couples in Ohio will not often consider all of the various divorce methods available to them. Moreover, working together as a team to achieve a goal does not occur in the typical divorce, but the collaborative divorce process not only can mean fewer arguments but could mean less money spent reaching a divorce settlement.

A recent report noted the key factors of collaborative divorce. Specifically, couples who seek to use this divorce method should be aware that it means putting the negotiations and decision-making in the hands of both spouses. This method seeks to avoid litigation, which often also means avoiding high costs and a lengthy divorce.

It is important to note that couples wanting to use this method need to be willing to collaborate. Simply put, they need to work together to identify issues and develop a solution. Together they must find common ground on each divorce issue. For some, this might cause some disputes to arise. This is still common and does not necessarily mean that the process is not for them. But if a couple encounters numerous obstacles, argues over serious issues and spends a long time on the process, they may wish to consider a different divorce method.

Financial professionals have noted that they can often tell which couples have gone through the collaborative approach versus litigation or another method. In most cases, couples that go through a collaborative divorce are more focused post-divorce and rebound more quickly after the divorce is finalized.

If couples seeking to dissolve their union are unsure which process would benefit them the most, they should seek guidance about possible methods. This will ensure they are well informed while also protecting their rights and interests.

Source: CNBC, "Collaborative divorce can ease emotional, economic stress," Deborah Nason, May 2, 2014

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