Over the years, the first call traditionally made by someone seeking to end their Pennsylvania marriage was to a litigation attorney. Once both sides were armed with lawyers prepared to fight on their behalf, they all headed off to a courtroom to do battle. This type of divorce is typically seen as costly and often depicted as a scorched earth approach to marital dissolution. Collaborative divorce, on the other hand, offers a different method of untying the knot, one that is based on the premise that the parties cooperate to find amicable solutions to the financial and other issues confronting them.
We have written on this blog in the past about alternative dispute resolution options such as divorce mediation or a collaborative divorce. These alternatives to the typical divorce process in Pennsylvania may be a good fit for those couples who are able to keep important lines of communication open. A collaborative divorce, in particular, offers couples a means of avoiding litigation and staying out of the court room.