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Is Collaborative Divorce The Right Path For Ending Your Marriage?

It is common for couples to seek alternatives to traditional litigation-based divorce. Divorcing spouses who want to end their marriages peacefully and sensibly often choose collaborative divorce. The collaborative divorce process allows for an amicable agreement to divorce and helps couples avoid fighting over how to end a marriage. It is also an excellent way to reduce the amount of stress felt by young children, who often feel caught in the middle.

A Sensible, Respectful Way Forward

As you seek a peaceful, reasonable way to resolve your Wisconsin divorce, you may realize that a do-it-yourself divorce is unrealistic. Your marital estate may be too complex and you may be unsure how to approach child custody and support. At the same time, you have no desire to put yourselves through the aggressive process of traditional divorce litigation. Collaborative divorce may be the solution you are looking for. Attorney William D. Block, an experienced family law attorney who serves on the board of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, can help you with the decisions about your first steps.

A Team Approach

Collaborative law uses a team-based approach allowing you and your spouse to follow a more practical set of rules than traditional contested litigation. You, your lawyer, your spouse, and his or her attorney will work together with the same objective: a fair, cost-effective, and non adversarial agreement. You will have the chance to reach an amicable divorce that promotes respect and discourages wasting marital assets on excessive legal fees.

The collaborative process also frequently brings in other professionals in a way that traditional divorce litigation does not handle well. Instead of having attorneys argue about the most cost-efficient way to divide assets, a neutral third-party financial specialist can be brought in to help look at complicated assets like pensions or investments. This person is a trained expert in finances (where most attorneys are not), and can provide unbiased information to help divide property in the way that makes the most sense. Other professionals – like child specialists or psychologists – can also be brought in to do work that attorneys normally do in a litigation setting, but they will do it with greater expertise and at a lower rate than attorneys charge. This can result in a lower overall cost for the divorce with better results.

Out Of Court

Through the collaborative law process, you will work together as a team to reach a settlement agreement out of court. If there are children, you will likewise agree to a co-parenting plan through a teamwork approach. You may consult with a child psychologist or an economist who will advise both of you together. The process differs from the fighting spirit of a courtroom battle before a judge. Private family matters will remain private. The divorcing spouses will retain control over the process, rather than giving that privilege over to an impersonal court system.

Promoting Civil Communications

Many couples who have gone through a collaborative divorce have expressed gratitude for the respectful way in which they brought their marriages to peaceful, family-oriented conclusions. They surmounted legal challenges as a team rather than in opposition to each other. When there are children, the benefits of communicating civilly with the other parent can transform the experience of co-parenting over many years. Even though the marriage is ending, parents will always be parents. The collaborative divorce process can help create a functioning framework for the co-parenting relationship so that divorced parents can work together as needed in the years to come.

Block Legal Services In Brookfield Offers Representation In Collaborative Divorce To Clients Throughout The Milwaukee Metro Area And Beyond

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