People in Pennsylvania will often talk about wanting to have an amicable divorce without really understanding just challenging being "amicable" can be for a relationship in which tensions are running high. It can be a lot of work for a couple to get a collaborative law divorce. Fortunately, it may also be the most rewarding form of divorce.
Traditional Pennsylvania divorces that involve courtroom battles can wreak havoc on families that are already going through what is undoubtedly one of the most difficult processes they will ever have to go through. Then there is the fact that a third party has the power to make decisions that will affect the family's future. Collaborative divorce allows a couple to work together to come to a settlement agreement that is more tailor-made for the family involved.
However, doing the work isn't always a walk in the park for the couple. After all, there is a reason they are getting divorced, and having to sit down and work together may not be at the top of either party's list of favorite things to do. That's why a collaborative divorce provides the couple with a team of professionals that includes counselors, financial consultants and attorneys. The team helps the couple get through the negotiations and keep focused on the goal, which is to come to a settlement that leaves both parties feeling they were treated fairly.
A collaborative law divorce isn't for everyone, however. If the balance of power in a relationship seems to swing more toward one party over the other, the process may not work. Before diving into a collaborative divorce, both parties may benefit from gaining an understanding of the process and evaluating whether it will be the best course of action for both spouses. Ultimately, both parties must educate themselves in order to make an informed decision as to whether the couple will be able to work together despite their differences.
Source: US News and World Report, Why a Collaborative Divorce Makes Financial Sense, Geoff Williams, Aug. 19, 2013