While some divorces may be relatively straightforward, most couples in Gulfport seeking a divorce will have a few bumps in the road. However, there are ways to work through your divorce legal issues, without having to resort to litigation. One of these is a collaborative divorce.
Through a collaborative divorce, couples use techniques found in mediation to negotiate and come to an agreement on their divorce legal issues. Of course, both parties to a collaborative divorce must be willing to participate in the process and see it through. That being said, a collaborative divorce can save time and money while allowing the parties to come to a resolution that they are both satisfied with.
In a collaborative divorce, each spouse retains his or her own lawyer. A "no court" agreement will be signed by both spouses and their lawyers that states that if the collaborative divorce process fails, the lawyers will withdraw from the case. Each spouse will meet with their lawyer separately, to explain what they want out of the divorce and what their limits are, keeping in mind that compromise is at the heart of any negotiation. After that, each spouse along with their lawyers will meet together regularly to negotiate an agreement. Sometimes other professionals, such as mediators or financial experts, may be called in to give objective advice.
Once an agreement is reached that settles their divorce legal issues, the parties can file the necessary divorce paperwork, which will be uncontested. This may save each spouse time and money, but more importantly it may save them from the stress and heartache they might experience if forced to litigated their divorce. For these reasons and more, a collaborative divorce can be the right choice for some.
Source: FindLaw, "How Collaborative Divorce Works: FAQs," Accessed Dec. 5, 2016