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Why your divorce doesn't have to end up in court

Are you facing the prospect of divorce? Do you dread the thought of heading to court and battling it out in front of a North Dakota judge and others in the courtroom? Thankfully, there are other options available to you. Divorce doesn't have to be contentious or litigious, even if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse do not see eye to eye on everything. 

There are reasonable ways that you and the other parent can resolve remaining divorce disputes without ever stepping foot inside the courtroom. One way you can do this is through collaborative divorce. Collaboration is a process of addressing remaining disputes and resolving them in a way that is beneficial and reasonable for both parties. A collaborative divorce could be the right answer for your individual situation.

Collaborate instead of fight

Collaboration allows you to take your divorce out of the impersonal setting of a courtroom and place it in a setting where the two parties can work together to resolve disputes. Like the name suggests, in a collaborative divorce, you will have to work together willingly. This requires compromise and the ability to discuss things civilly and reasonably. Some of the main reasons why divorcing couples choose this option include the following:

  • It can take less time to finalize everything in a collaborative divorce.
  • It may cost less to opt for a collaborative divorce rather than a traditional divorce.
  • Collaborative divorce is less stressful than a traditional divorce, and it takes place in a less formal setting.
  • You will have more control over the terms of your final divorce order through collaboration.
  • It gives you the opportunity to decide how you want to handle additional disputes that may arise after your divorce is final. 

In a collaborative divorce, you will also be able to work with other professionals, such as child therapists and financial experts, to come to a final conclusion that will work for your family for years to come.

What's best for your family?

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution for divorce. If you would like to avoid court and believe that you and your spouse can work together, collaboration may be the right option for you. An assessment of your case can help you see what divorce options may be right for you, and how you can pursue a final order that will be beneficial and allow you to have a strong post-divorce future.

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Commandments of Family Law

  1. The only truth your children need to know is that you both love them unconditionally, and that this isn't their fault.
  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.
  4. You can only control yourself and how you respond. Don't engage.
  5. Do set up rules and responsibilities. Kids feel better when routine is continued.
  6. You are still their parent — don't be afraid to be one.
  7. Disneyland is in California, not in your home. Don't set up unreasonable expectations.
  8. It is not their job to take care of you. Repeat that to them. Often.
  9. Yelling is for sports — not court. Good lawyers strongly advocate without being disrespectful to opposing parties.
  10. Fair is a place you go to get cheese curds. Aside from that, nothing in life is fair.

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