In Delaware County Collaborative Divorce, the two parties, along with their respective divorce lawyers, undertake informal proceedings outside of the courtroom.
In a collaborative divorce, both parties wish to obtain a divorce without punishing the other party. Each is represented by attorneys committed to settling the case using negotiating strategies without resorting to confrontational court proceedings. All four parties – each spouse along with his or her attorney – attend meetings that are informal and proceed at their own pace.
While the Collaborative Process is not right for every divorce case, it is less costly and faster than using the court system. It is far less anxiety provoking and often meets the needs of both parties more effectively than court intervention. When children are involved, this process can set an encouraging tone that provides for future positive negotiations and co-parenting. This method is far less stressful and saves a great deal of time and money.
In summary, though Collaborative Divorce is not right for every Delaware County divorce, the benefits include:
- The two parties are able to negotiate without the confrontational aspect of formal court proceedings.
- The pace of the proceedings may be decided and agreed upon by the parties involved rather than be dictated by the court.
- Delaware County Collaborative Divorce is less costly and faster then using the court system.
- The informality of Collaborative Divorce can be far less anxiety provoking than a courtroom divorce.
- When there are children involved, Collaborative Divorce can set the tone for future cooperation and compromise in regards to co-parenting.