This month we have been discussing Washington divorce collaboration – and how this type of alternative dispute resolution could help you settle your divorce and child custody cases out of court. While there are a number of benefits to collaborative divorce, there are also some disadvantages that make it a poor choice for certain people, certain couples, and certain divorces. Let’s take a closer look:
- Collaboration is difficult if one partner doesn’t cooperate or compromise.
- Collaboration is difficult if you have a complicated divorce or complex finances.
- Collaboration may be impossible if there is a history of domestic abuse or drug addiction.
- Collaboration may be impossible if you or your partner suffers from a mental illness.
- Collaboration won’t be successful if one partner is untruthful or untrustworthy, especially about property and other assets.
- One bad team member can ruin a collaborative, whether it is your former spouse or one of the attorneys involved.
- The cost of collaboration may be significant if you choose to bring in child custody experts and financial advisors.
- Collaboration doesn’t have a neutral moderator like divorce mediation does.
- If collaboration fails, you and your spouse will need to find new divorce attorneys.
- Collaboration can be a more expensive option if you end up in court after failing to reach a settlement.
If the above disadvantages do not appear to be factors in your divorce case, you may wish to consider collaborative divorce or mediation instead of divorce litigation. If you are still unsure of how you wish to approach your Washington divorce, you may wish to speak to a Seattle family lawyer about your options. Call the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny today to learn more at 425-460-0550.