Collaborative Divorce Benefit
Collaborative divorce can benefit a family in more ways than one, and is a unique alternative dispute resolution method that does not involve fighting which is often synonymous with traditional divorces. By working together, collaborative divorce creates a lasting and strong resolution that you and your spouse create together for the benefit of your family.
In this process, there is no need to leave the decisions to the courts. By being able and willing to cooperate, couples are able to resolve disputes outside of the court system. At the beginning both you, your spouse, and your attorneys will sign an agreement promising not to involve the court and choose to control the outcome for themselves.
The collaborative divorce process is an interdisciplinary approach and involves a mental health professional to help with communication between spouses and guidance on determining a strong parenting plan that works for everyone involved. A financial planner will act as a financial neutral to gather all pertinent financial information to streamline the process.
One of the most unique and tailored benefits of collaborative divorce is that you have control over the process with customized solutions that work for your family. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for couples going through a divorce because your individual and family needs are different from other couples. By working together, you can create customized solutions for your family that everyone will be happy with for the future.
Your divorce doesn’t have to be a fight. I know the challenges that people face when it is time to divorce, and I know the good that collaborative divorce can do for people. I helped to introduced these benefits to Missouri in 2001 and have since spent time conducting advanced trainings to help other attorneys learn more about the process and how their family law clients can be helped by it.
The collaborative process offers many benefits to those facing divorce. If you are in the Kansas City area and are wanting a divorce process that is different than traditional divorce, contact me, Hugh O’Donnell, to schedule a consultation, or feel free to call me at (816) 533-5152 with any questions you have about how collaborative divorce can benefit you and your family.