Collaborative Divorce: A Positive Team Approach
Collaborative divorce is a positive team approach that benefits both parties in a divorce. The collaborative approach organizes divorce in a team and goal-oriented style, which helps divorcing couples to reach an agreement without engaging in the adversarial process.
By entering into the collaborative divorce process, each spouse secures legal representation, and enter into an agreement to work together to resolve all of the issues of the divorce, including child custody, child support, spousal support and property division questions. Sometimes the divorce process can make spouses feel isolated, but through the collaborative approach, you’ll be working with a team of professionals who are all working towards the same goal: to guide you and your family into the best resolution possible for the future.
Through its interdisciplinary nature, the collaborative divorce approach includes other professionals such as a financial planner (a financial neutral) who assists in gathering all pertinent financial information, a divorce coach or mental health professional who can assist in reducing stress and improving the efficiency of communication.
Collaborative divorce focuses on creating a strong, lasting resolution that suits the needs for your family’s future. The team approach strives to make sure that each spouse is heard and feels validation for their wants and needs, and facilitates effective communication and problem-solving skills that are not a part of a traditional divorce.
I know that divorce is hard, and have seen the benefits that collaborative divorce offers for both parties involved. Divorce can be challenging, and the collaborative approach allows for open communication, reduced costs and reduced stress for all involved.
If you and your spouse are in the Kansas City area and believe collaborative divorce is the best step for your family, contact me, Hugh O’Donnell, to schedule a consultation, or feel free to call me at (816) 533-5152 with any questions you have regarding your divorce.