Collaborative divorce is a type of alternative dispute resolution that can help couples avoid litigation and agree on a settlement without going to court. It differs from divorce mediation in that instead of being organized by a neutral, trained mediator, the couple and their respective collaborative divorce attorneys come to decisions about division of property and child custody working together as a team of four.
Collaborative divorce can be much less expensive than divorce litigation and may take less time than if your divorce went to court. It may also help you and your ex establish a non-adversarial relationship after your divorce that may help your ability to co-parent successfully. Finally, collaborative divorce is more private than divorce litigation and could have less affect on your health than an adversarial divorce.
A Washington collaborative divorce is not for everyone, however. This alternative divorce resolution process will not work unless both parties are willing to compromise, communicate openly, and be honest about assets. Much like mediation, collaborative divorce is not a good idea for any family that has issues with domestic abuse, emotional abuse, addiction problems, or trust problems.
Collaborative divorce benefits from attorneys who understand the process and have experience with divorce collaboration. At the beginning of collaboration, each attorney usually signs an agreement that states that they will not continue with the case if collaboration fails. Instead, each party usually hires a different attorney to take with them to court if the collaboration process does not yield a settlement. If you would like to speak to a Seattle attorney who has handled collaborative divorces in the area, call the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny today at 425-460-0550.