Is a Collaborative Divorce Faster?


When deciding the best route for divorce, speed is of the utmost importance to many couples, particularly business executives or even families with young children. While there are, of course, no guarantees, a collaborative divorce often is faster than litigation. However, it is important to remember the process only can move as quickly as the slowest party. Cooperation, communication and respect, therefore, are key elements of a fast and effective collaborative law divorce.

Let us understand a little more about collaborative law. A collaborative divorce is a legal process, in which couples who have decided to separate can work through their differences in a private setting with a team of collaboratively trained professionals and avoid the uncertainty and publicity of court. Each party is still represented by an attorney specifically trained to diffuse conflict, improve communication, and create a mutually respectful environment. The parties can also jointly retain the services of neutral specialized experts such as tax accountants, business valuation specialists, financial planners, parenting coaches and counselors. The goal is to reach a settlement which meets the needs of the entire family and can be the basis for an agreement signed by both parties before the divorce is ever filed with the court.

Both parties must attend a series of meetings. But, as the meetings are not related to a court schedule, there is more flexibility around family and work responsibilities. This more relaxed schedule can help reduce the stress for participants as well. Additionally, if each party comes in to meetings emotionally prepared to discuss their interests, more efficient progress will be made.

The process is deliberate and thorough, but the professionals are trained to move the couple through separation quickly and effectively. However, cooperation from both sides is key. If you are considering collaborative divorce, make sure you and your spouse are both willing to participate fully, particularly maintaining open communication. 

To find out more about the collaborative divorce process or other alternative dispute resolution options, contact the collaborative attorneys at Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC. Discussing your particular situation with a lawyer specifically trained in the collaborative process is the best first step to deciding if a collaborative divorce will work for your family. 

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