You and your spouse have decided to call it quits, but that does not mean you want to end your marriage on a sour note. One of the worst things that could happen during your divorce is for you and your future ex to drag it out because you cannot find common ground.

Fortunately, divorce does not have to be a lengthy and arduous process. With collaborative divorce, you and your future ex-spouse can work toward the resolution of your divorce issues in an amicable way in Connecticut.

What exactly is collaborative divorce?

Collaborative divorce involves problem-solving and troubleshooting divorce issues, such as the division of assets, rather than fighting about these matters. It is essentially an alternative to traditional litigation that involves using negotiation to settle a divorce. For collaborative divorce to work, both you and the other party must be willing to listen to each other and be cooperative.

Why could collaborative divorce be a good option?

This type of divorce process offers a number of benefits. For instance, it saves time and money. In addition, couples can exchange information in an honest, open and free manner, and the setting is informal. Both you and your spouse can also determine how you will handle disputes following your settlement. Ultimately, you can negotiate an outcome that works for both parties.

What does collaborative divorce involve?

You and your spouse will communicate your needs and desires to each other with the help of your attorneys. Other professionals may also be involved in the collaborative divorce process, such as accountants or even therapists who have experience with child custody or other particular issues. It is critical that these other professionals are neutral, as you do not want bias to influence their input.

If you and your spouse cannot achieve a mutually beneficial and satisfactory resolution through collaborative divorce, you can proceed to divorce trial. Unfortunately, that means a judge will have to make the final decision regarding how to split your assets or handle other divorce matters, such as who will pay alimony and how much.

Still, whether you go the collaborative route or the trial route, you have the right to pursue the most personally favorable outcome possible given the circumstances surrounding your marital breakup.