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Weighing the Benefits of the Collaborative Divorce Process

Weighing the benefits of the collaborative divorce process

On behalf of King, Koligian & Associates, LLC posted in Collaborative Law on Thursday, July 2, 2015.

Depending on the circumstances, working on a team is often considered beneficial and a means to reach an end goal successfully and timely. With regards to divorce, some couples in Ohio might consider options that would allow them to work with each other to reach a divorce settlement out of court. While divorce court might be the best route for some divorcing couples, others seek litigation alternatives to increase collaboration, reduce costs and promote a timely final decree.

If it is determined to be a compatible process, the benefits of collaborative divorce could be countless. Although it is expected that dissolution will bring emotions, stress and some conflicts, this process seeks to work through these divorce issues through mature interactions. Moreover, these interactions often include more than just the divorcing couple, but rather include the couple, their legal representatives and any experts involved such as financial professionals, mental health professionals and child welfare professionals.

Because the process could involve numerous parties working as a team to reach divorce resolutions, it is important that everyone involved is on the same page. This helps to keep the process on track in a forward moving direction. On average, if the process is moving along well, it could be finalized in three to four months. In addition to taking less time than litigated divorces, it often saves divorcing couples a large amount of money.

While the benefits and perks of the collaborative divorce process might be appealing to many couples contemplating divorce, it is important to note that this process is not right for all divorcing couples. The success of this process relies on the spouses' ability to work together to reach a fair and workable resolution. In some cases, this process may only benefit the divorcing couple for so long, causing them to use the court system or alternative divorce options.

Those considering divorce or currently going through the divorce process should be aware of the divorce options available. Whether a couple uses one or several methods, it is important that the needs and interests of the parties are met and a divorce agreement is finalized with these factors in mind.

Source:, "The Benefits of Collaborative Divorce," Kent McDill, Mar. 4, 2015

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