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3 ways a collaborative divorce can help you – and your kids

Divorce is a painful, emotional experience for the spouses who are dissolving their union. However, it can also be incredibly difficult on the children involved. Oftentimes, parents struggle to find a balance between protecting themselves and protecting their kids during this process, but a collaborative divorce could prove to be the answer.

In a few different ways, which we examine below, collaborative divorce can protect both the interests of the parents and the children affected by a split.

  1. It can keep the peace. When parents prioritize collaboration over litigation, they are committing to working together. When bitter battles in court are not an option, parents can focus on being productive and resolving the issues of divorce, instead of “winning” in court. This can be critical in preserving the emotional well-being of the children and helping them feel supported, even as their parents are splitting up.
  2. It allows parents to develop their own resolutions. Despite a judge’s best efforts, he or she is essentially a stranger for families going through a divorce. Instead of having a stranger make decisions on sensitive issues like parenting time, parents can work together through collaboration to develop plans that work best for their unique situation. Children can certainly benefit from the control that parents can take in forming their future together.
  3. Settlements can be reached faster. The transition between married and divorced is difficult on spouses and children. Sitting for too long in the “divorcing” phase can lead to confusion, frustration and anger for parents and children. Collaboration typically allows people to resolve their issues more quickly than litigation, allowing all parties to move forward into the next chapter.

Divorcing as a parent is no easy task, as you must think about your needs and the needs of your children. However, pursuing a collaborative divorce can help you cover both bases and secure a fair, satisfactory settlement.

Should you have questions about the collaborative divorce process in California, and how it might compare to mediation and/or litigation, you can discuss the options with an attorney experienced in all three types of divorce. With your attorney, you can identify the approach that works best for your specific case.

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