For many Colorado couples, the end of their marriage comes as neither a surprise or a particularly upsetting proposition. In such cases, divorce represents a new beginning for both parties, and the process of reaching that doorway is not fraught with disagreement or anger. Spouses in this position are particularly suited to a collaborative divorce process, by which property division, child custody and other divorce matters are solved by working together to reach an agreement that all parties can live with.
Collaboration begins with a promise on the part of both parties that they are committed to reaching an agreement without the assistance of a family court judge. By making this promise, both parties are indicating their willingness to work together, even if the going gets tough. It also means that both spouses have looked into the collaborative method, and agree that lower legal costs and less contention is a better path for their needs.
Next. parties meet to work out the details of the division of marital assets and other matters. Both spouses retain their own attorneys, but those professionals are there to answer specific questions and guide the overall process, not to take an aggressive adversarial stance. In this way, couples are able to reach agreements on a wide range of issues within a relatively short period of time, which results in lower legal costs.
A collaborative divorce will not work for every Colorado couple, but it is well worth a bit of research and consideration. When a couple is ready to move beyond their marriage and eager to begin their new lives, collaboration can offer a faster, simpler and less expensive path toward that goal. Property division, child custody and other issues can all be resolved using this approach. In addition, ending the marriage with a positive and cooperative experience can help both parties move forward in better spirits.
Source: Courier-Journal.com, Collaborative divorces keep separation details secret, Andrew Wolfson, Dec. 15, 2013