The divorce process can be confusing and difficult, both emotionally and financially. However, just because you are preparing for divorce doesn’t mean the process has to feel like a war with your spouse.
You and your spouse might have varying views regarding the best method for addressing matters such as property division, child custody and child support. If you and your future ex-spouse are willing to find common ground, you may benefit from using the procedure of collaborative divorce versus traditional divorce litigation in Arizona.
What is collaborative divorce?
In a collaborative divorce, you and your future ex will focus more on troubleshooting and problem-solving rather than fighting and winning. You will essentially use negotiations and the mediation process to settle your divorce. Collaborative divorce will work only if you and your future ex are willing to make the process work for both of you.
Why should you consider collaborative divorce?
This alternative to traditional divorce litigation offers a number of benefits as follows:
- Informal setting
- Time savings
- Cost savings
- Free, honest, open and informal information exchange
However, one of the biggest benefits of collaborative divorce is that you and your future ex can negotiate the type of outcome that works best for your situation. In other words, you don’t have to rely on a judge to decide for you how to handle potentially contentious matters such as child custody and the division of assets. With collaborative law, you can even decide for yourself how you and your ex will handle disputes that crop up after the finalization of your divorce.
How to make the most of collaborative divorce
Before you begin discussing divorce issues with your spouse, having an idea of what you want and refusing to give up is critical. For instance, perhaps you would like your spouse to pay you $400 per week in child support. However, you know you could help to cover your child’s costs with $200 per week. Understanding your maximum and minimum amount in this situation will help you to more effectively negotiate what you believe to be a necessary and fair amount.
Likewise, do you want to keep the family home, or are you willing to give up the family home in exchange for other assets, such as cash, instead? The more you know what you want and need from your divorce, the greater your chances of reaching a solution that is best for you without the need for divorce litigation.