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Divorce does not always have to include court and arguments

When people think of divorce, they often think of heated disputes that can make settlement on any issue nearly impossible. They envision arguments breaking out in court, angry outbursts during meetings, a lack of communication, and extreme emotional pain. Though some divorces do go through some emotionally charged stages, the process does not have to be scarring.

Instead, collaborative practice can make a divorce a lot easier for both parties. Under a collaborative approach, couples come together to discuss their legal issues without arguing over whose fault it is that the marriage came to an end. In essence, the collaborative process seeks to remove the adversarial aspect of divorce and instead focuses on an amicable end to the marriage. The focus of this process is to bring a reasonable couple together to map out life after marriage.

Throughout this process, an attorney can help facilitate the discussion in a way that is unbiased and is in the best interests of both parties. Instead of making the decisions for the couple, the attorney gives the couple the information and tools necessary to make their own decisions regarding legal issues such as property division, spousal support, child custody, visitation rights and child support.

Another advantage to a collaborative divorce is that court can be avoided and the negative aspects of the divorce can remain private. This also means that litigation fees can be bypassed and important legal decisions will not be left to a judge who does not personally know the parties.

Going through a divorce can be extremely difficult. However, the process can be made easier if it is possible for the separating couple to come together and have a civilized discussion. An experienced collaborative law attorney can help the process work and help ensure that all parties walk away as happy as possible.

Source: West Hartford News, "Collaborative Divorce process provides multiple resources to families," Jul. 12, 2013

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