A new trend in divorce practices is the process of "collaborative divorce." A collaborative divorce can be done through any legal team, though some family law attorneys specialize in the practice. A collaborative divorce has many of the benefits of a divorce mediation while still going through divorce attorneys and remaining legally binding. Here are the perks:
1. Divorce Court is Not Required
The process of going to court is not only timely but can be expensive. In a collaborative divorce, you still work through an agreement with lawyers but you don't actually go through a divorce court. This greatly expedites the process and avoids additional billing hours and scheduling conflicts. This can also be very helpful in the cases of custody hearings because it means that children will not need to go to divorce court and that more complicated arrangements can be made.
2. Lawyers Share Information
Lawyers work closely together with clients to make sure that both clients are happy and get what they deserve. Of course, lawyers only do this with the clients themselves; nothing is ever done without the lawyer's client's approval or knowledge. But this close sharing of information makes the process of divorce much faster and thus fewer billing hours are required. It also removes complications such as assets being hidden, so that both parties can trust each other and trust in the final settlement.
3. Lawyers Are More Interested In Settling
During a collaborative divorce proceeding, the lawyers generally sign documents stating that if a settlement cannot be reached, the divorce proceeding must continue with different attorneys. This puts an incentive on the lawyer themselves to make sure that a settlement is amicable to both parties. However, it does not mean that you will feel pressured to accept anything; the lawyers have a vested interest in making sure that both you and your ex-spouse are happy.
4. The Entire Process Goes Much Faster
Overall, the collaborative divorce is much faster. This is a combination of factors: attorneys want to move towards a settlement and don't want to risk losing a potential settlement, court dates don't need to be met and both parties are actually moving towards a common goal rather than disparate goals.
You can find out more about a collaborative divorce through your family law attorney like Stephen J Weisbrod Esq Law. It's always a good idea to procure a lawyer as soon as possible in the process to protect yourself legally. They can tell you whether the collaborative divorce process will work best for you.