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How does a collaborative divorce work?

If you are no longer happy in your marriage, you may be thinking of filing for a divorce. However, there is another option to consider that could help you avoid the delays, hassles and frustrations of going through an Ohio court. This option is called collaboration. According to the American Bar Association, it allows you to work with your partner under the advisement of an attorney to dissolve your marriage without involving the court.

A collaborative process is similar to mediation where you sit down with your partner and attorneys to hash out the details of ending your marriage. However, the biggest difference is that you cannot go to court. If you decide to go to court for any reason, the collaborative agreement is void and your attorney will no longer represent you.

The idea behind this type of law is to take away the negativity and the hassle of a typical divorce. It also puts the power back in your hands. In a typical divorce, the court holds the power, but in this process, you do. You get to make all the decisions and to direct how things go throughout the process.

Collaboration is not for everyone. You have to be able to sit down and have open, honest discussions with your spouse. You need to be able to make agreements and avoid arguments. For some couples, this will not work, but if you can make it work, it can be a much better option than going to court. This information is for education only and is not legal advice. 

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