After realizing your marriage will not last, you and your spouse have decided to divorce. But after years together, you both realize that splitting up your assets and deciding who gets custody of your children will not be easy. The two of you face high tensions when you discuss the best way to separate your lives.

When a married couple decides to get a divorce, emotions run high. Deciding on how to split up an entire lifetime spent together can be difficult, especially with a couple that has children and many assets. But instead of a long and expensive fight in court, divorcing couples can choose to make their divorce more civil with collaborative divorce.

What is collaborative divorce?

With a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse sit down and work through your disputes with your attorneys. Everyone signs an agreement that says that they will do everything they can to resolve the divorce without going to court. The agreement prevents your collaborative lawyers from representing you if you and your spouse do decide to use a courtroom. This ensures that everyone in the room will do their best to resolve the divorce respectfully and without a court.

Then both you and your spouse work to resolve your disputes. This can mean splitting up assets, deciding on custody, calculating child support and alimony or even splitting up a family-owned business. Instead of a court deciding on how to split up your lives, you and your spouse make all the decisions together.

Peacefully avoiding the courtroom

Collaborative divorce is a way for couples to divorce in a way that lets each spouse have input. It can also save time and money compared to fighting in a courtroom. And with everyone signing an agreement to be respectful, you can enter the proceedings knowing that both you and your spouse seek a peaceful resolution to a tense situation.