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When should you consider collaboration for your divorce?

North Dakota readers know divorce is a difficult process, and you may be dreading the thought of walking through a traditional divorce. In some cases, there are other legal options available for those who do not want to go to court and battle over the terms of their divorce order. If you want something different for your divorce, collaboration may be the right option for you. 

Collaboration is an alternative to litigation that will still allow you to resolve your divorce disputes without going through divorce. As a dispute resolution method, you will be able to work through issues during the collaborative process and reach a final resolution that will be beneficial and sustainable for years to come. Before you make any important divorce-related decisions, you may consider the benefits of collaboration.

What should you know about the collaborative process?

Collaboration is a process that allows two contesting parties to work on their disputes and come to agreements on serious issues related to their divorce. Both parties will retain their own legal representation, and the two sides will come together for discussions and negotiations. If you choose this process, you can meet with your legal representative beforehand and discuss your goals and objectives. Some of the benefits of this process include the following: 

  • Collaboration is less stressful and more relaxed than formal litigation.
  • The results of the collaborative process are often more sustainable and better for all parties involved.
  • This process allows you to address needs that are specific and unique to your family.
  • It often takes less time to complete a collaborative divorce, and it costs less money.
  • You and your spouse will be able to create a reasonable way to address any post-divorce disputes that may arise.

The terms of your divorce agreement will impact your life for years to come. It is in your best interests to choose a method that allows you the best opportunity to seek a beneficial and equitable final order.

Shielding your long-term interests

Even in a collaborative divorce, you will find it beneficial to work with an experienced lawyer who understands how the process works and how to protect your interests. You can opt to avoid litigation and still fight for your rights. If you are considering divorce and think you may benefit from collaboration, it may be beneficial to seek a complete evaluation of your case and explanation of the legal options available to you.

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  2. Take the high road — everyone wins when you do what's best for your kids.
  3. Negotiate but don't capitulate — if you are being pushed toward something detrimental for your children, stand your ground.
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