Maybe you have unique family circumstances that require a detailed approach to the creation of a parenting plan. Perhaps you have special assets, like a small business or real estate investment, that will complicate your divorce proceedings. It’s even possible that your divorce will be relatively amicable and straightforward, yet you hope to retain control over the process.

These are all situations in which collaborative law may be a better option than traditional litigation. Collaborative law, as the name implies, involves both parties in a divorce working together to create unique solutions that reflect the specific needs of their family.

There is more than one approach to collaborative law

Collaborative law can look different for different families. In a situation where you and your ex remain on good terms, it may be possible to sit down with one another and your attorneys and hash out reasonable terms for your divorce.

If you disagree about a few minor issues, your attorneys could potentially negotiate directly to resolve those outstanding concerns and help you reach a settlement agreement. If you can’t seem to reach agreeable terms on your own, choosing to go through mediation can be a way to set reasonable compromise terms that work for everyone.

When collaborative law works, divorce is faster and cheaper

A significant amount of the expense you accrue during a divorce relates to court costs, as well as the expense involved in an attorney preparing to represent you during court proceedings. Collaborative law usually leads to faster and less expensive solutions for divorcing couples when compared with traditional divorce litigation.

Additionally, collaborative law gives you more control over the outcome of your divorce, which allows you and your ex to get as creative as you need to be to resolve the outstanding disagreements related to the dissolution of your marriage. You can create unique and unusual solutions that the courts would never set on their own, as long as they comply with all necessary laws so that the judge presiding over your divorce can approve those terms.